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The East Beach archipelago has started to take shape in 'phase 2' at the South Breakwater and the new Groyne Bio-Wall. The sand is already appearing, bit by bit. The bio-wall will be installed soon, more news next month.  Already 'phase 3' North Breakwater has begun at the north end of the beach. 

Completion is expected by mid/late August, weather allowing.

Photo 1 is the South Breakwater.          Photo 2 is the start of the North Breakwater.

Photos by Kenny Maule, Click <<READ MORE>> for photo 2





















Mr. Derek Boomer has taken on the position of Deputy Harbourmaster during Denholm's absence. Derek lives in Dunbar and knows the harbour well. You'll meet him soon.

Photo by Kenny Maule.















Alastair Cook has been co-opted onto the Board with immediate effect. Alastair is an RIBA accredited conservation architect and a trustee of the Cockburn Association, Edinburgh’s Civic Trust. He brings this experience to our Trust with the intention of assisting on strategic overview of the harbour’s development and a more-specific interest in McArthur’s Store, where he worked with the fishermen as a photographer for a number of years. He lives on Victoria Harbour with his partner, children and two rescued greyhounds. 

John Williams has been co-opted as a trustee. John believes there’s a lot of scope for developing educational opportunities connected to the castle’s role in local and national history and heritage, plus an additional point of consideration is the wildlife. 

Photo 1 of Alastair.

Click <<READ MORE>> below for photo of John.

There have been many RNLI and Coastguard rescues recently, here are just a few:

July 6, following a report of people struggling in the water at Belhaven Bay the ILB launched and was very quickly on scene. The crew arrived to find the party of one adult and two children had been helped ashore by other members of the public. Paramedics also arrived to assess, as the adult had taken in a lot of water. ILB helm Alan Blair said: “On this occasion the casualties were helped out of the water before we got there but we would always advise that people swim within their abilities, stay close to the shore and make sure they have someone keeping watch. Flotation devices or buoyancy aids are advisable and please be wary of swimming in waves where rip tides can occur."

July 7, after receiving a report of divers in difficulty close to the old pool by The Rocks hotel, the rescue services were on scene and spotted the two divers who had managed to get themselves ashore. The two women had travelled from Edinburgh and had attempted a dive at St Abbs before beginning their Dunbar exploration. Quickly they experienced difficulties, with one fearing she was being carried further. While a friend on shore called the Coastguard for help, the women had removed their equipment and managed to get back to shore. The crew checked the divers were unhurt and then retrieved their equipment. ILB helm Gordon Kirkham said: “The divers were well-equipped and took sensible precautions by having someone keep an eye on them from the shore. They did the right thing by calling for help when they got into difficulties.”

15th July, Dunbar Coastguard and RNLI Dunbar lifeboats were called about reports of a spearfisher in difficulty off Dunbar. The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 199 also attended. Arriving on scene, teams worked with lifeboats to scan the area for any signs of distress. Some spear fishermen were then located in the area. The first informant met with teams to advise what had been seen. This was then confirmed as one of the spearfishers being in the water. Aftert he search, all persons were finally found to be safe and well.

Remember, if you see someone or something you are concerned about on the shoreline, cliff, mud or in the sea. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. There is an alternative contact number for the Coastguard,  01333 450666 where you can pass information.

Photos 1 & 2 by Kenny Maule, click <<READ MORE>> below for photo 2 of the helicopter searching, doors open.

Finally, after the coronavirus delay, the permission was given to start the craning-in. The tide was right, the weather benign, and the yachts could be quickly (and safely) craned in. 

Photo by Kenny Maule: 'Sanderling' flying aloft.

On July 5th, a man became suddenly taken ill on the North Wall area, having to lie down and ask for help. Acting-Harbourmaster James Bisset came to his aid and an ambulance and the Coastguard were called. Fortunately the man was able to stand and was helped to the ambulance.

Reminder: a defibrillator is available, if needed, on the Sailing Club wall. The instructions are simple --- it talks to you!

Photos 1 & 2 by Kenny Maule, click <<READ MORE>> for the defibrillator (centre of photo).

The Maggie area at the end of the South Quay has five stores nearing completion: Three for the fishermen, one for their fork-lift truck, one for the harbourmaster. When there's no work in progress you can pop along for a look, or peer over from above the swimming-pool area. 

Lookin' good.

Photo by Kenny Maule

Have you ever wondered how to make your own creel? and speedily? Here's Barry Brunton showing you how.   https://youtu.be/h-ydtqDBrmM  Remember to 'subscribe', he needs to keep his viewer numbers up.

Barry's already received his Seafish certification for his new boat. https://www.seafish.org  He's looking forward to his MCA letters and numbers coming next month. Congratulations on all your hard work, Barry.

Photo 1, credit Barry's youtube video

Click <<READ MORE>> for Photo 2 by Kenny Maule: Creels galore on the harbourside.

Visited the Battery recently? It's great for social distancing in a highly-ventilated(!) space with added beauty, flowers and the freshest air in Dunbar. From here you often see the dolphins offshore. The maintenance, gardening and watering is all done by Friends of Dunbar Battery. Let me know should you wish to join us.

Friends of Dunbar Battery on facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/447249205640627

Photo 1 is one of our 'blooming' volunteers, sea-gardener Karell,

Click <<READ MORE>> below to see Photo 2: "in full flower".   Both photos by Kenny Maule











OK then, where is this lifebelt? This photo was taken in a comfortable, warm evening light. You must know this one. Oh, come on, we've all seen it many times! It's visible from nearly evey spot around the harbours.

Click <<READ MORE>> below to see the 'answer'.

Photos by Kenny Maule

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