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The Fishermen's Mission has no specialists, just people who are Jack of all trades, love their job and the communities they serve.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 08:00

Superintendent Claire McIntosh is based at Seahouses, but is also responsible for Berwick, Eyemouth, St Abbs, and Dunbar, and she was guest speaker at Berwick Probus Club.

In a very interesting talk she said the disaster of 1881 at Eyemouth gave the organisation the kick it needed to develop. It is a charity with no Government assistance. Its staff deal with physical and emotional problems.

Nowadays they go out into communities, building up strong relationships. They work with the active fishing population and the retired, assist with help for those who need it, and aid the bereaved. It is Christian based.

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Supt McIntosh said it cost £170 a day at each of the 28 major ports to maintain the service. She explained that the huge building on Eyemouth Quayside had been sold because it was under-used and had large overheads. All large buildings had gone, to be replaced by smaller, more economical premises, with fantastic facilities.

She also showed graphic film of a fishing boat sinking, its crew being rescued. The mission was involved in many ways after such incidents.