St Abbs lifeboat crew make TV appearance

St Abbs independent lifeboat crew welcomed ITV's Good Morning Britain to the harbour last Friday morning.

Saturday, 2nd September 2017, 08:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 10:21 am
St Abbs Lifeboat crew volunteers with Richard Gaisford and the rest of the Good Morning Britain filming unit.

The live broadcast was part of a feature highlighting search and rescue around Britain.

A St Abbs Lifeboat committee spokesman said: “Our crew took Good Morning Britain reporter Richard Gaisford out on the lifeboat and put him in the water.

“We then conducted a ‘man overboard’ recovery which was all broadcast live around the UK.”

After being successfully rescued by the experienced crew, Richard Gaisford tweeted: ‘Many thanks to volunteer crew of @stabbslifeboat, who risk their own lives to save others. Vital resource on a beautiful but dangerous coast.’

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Earlier this month, the crew had welcomed actress Penelope Keith on board the Thomas Tunnock lifeboat during filming for the next series of her Channel 4 series on hidden villages of the UK. She also visited Holy Island for the programme.

The story of how the St Abbs community came together and managed to replace the RNLI lifeboat, after the charity withdrew the service from the harbour, in under one year, seems to have captured the nation’s attention. As a result, the lifeboat crew seem to be in regular demand for television appearances.