Warning after people seen jumping from life-saving equipment used by Berwick RNLI team

RNLI volunteers have pleaded for people to leave a piece of their kit alone, warning those using it to jump into a river could be in serious danger.

By Fiona Thompson
Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 10:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 10:30 am

Berwick-upon-Tweed’s team has put out a plea for parents to speak to children about the risks as they urged people to leave the small crane at their base off Dock Road alone.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we have had reports of people climbing, tampering and jumping from this piece of vital equipment into the River Tweed.

"This is a davit used for launching and recovering our D-Class inshore lifeboat.

The RNLI's davit - the small blue crane seen on the edge of the dock here - has been used by people to jump into the River Tweed. Image copyright Google Maps.

"Can we ask all parents and carers to explain to children and youths that this equipment could be involved in saving their lives should anyone get into difficulties in our surrounding area.

"The Carr Rock is a particularly dangerous area and we would not advise anyone to jump from it.

"There are some dangerous currents running by it.”

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