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The UK Coastguard called on Dunbar’s RNLI volunteers to join a search at about 4.35pm after a vessel was found unmanned, floating about a mile north-east of Torness. Both the all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats began extensive searches of the area at 5.05pm and were joined by colleagues from St Abbs, as well as the rescue helicopter and local fishing vessels. Mr. Gray had fallen overboard from his single-handed vessel, ‘St. Peter’, LH22. 

A spokesman for Dunbar Lifeboat said: “Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the person involved. We would also like to thank the fishing vessels who helped enormously with the search operation.” The body of Peter Gray, whose family live locally, was located at about 6pm by the rescue helicopter, Rescue 199 from Prestwick. The crew of the ALB recovered his vessel and brought it to Dunbar Harbour, where police began conducting inquiries into the incident. 

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Peter Gray and our whole fishing community at this very sad time. 

Photo credit: Kenny Maule

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