RESCUERS from North Berwick Coastguard were called out three times this weekend. . . including twice to rescue inflatable toys from the water. 

The first call came at about 5pm on Friday along with Fisherrow Coastguard, Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat, North Berwick RNLI and South Queensferry Coastguard to reports of an "inflatable water toy", potentially with people still on it, off the coast of Musselburgh.

A post on their Facebook page read: "We had recieved a report from a member of the public regarding them having lost the item, however, we are duty bound to attend and ensure all was well."

While the team was on route, a second call was made to report a capsized vessel, but it was quickly established that the two incidents were the same. 

The post added: "Our colleagues from Kinghorn lifeboat located the inflatable and ensured it was disposed of to negate any further calls."

And the Coastguard was back out yesterday (Sunday) afternoon to North Berwick harbour following concerns about a group of people on paddle boards and kayaks at risk. 

Everyone made it safely back to land and the Coastguard, and North Berwick RNLI, stood down. 

Their third call of the weekend also came yesterday to a report of someone in the water at Portobello. 

Another Facebook post read: "The North Berwick Coastguard Rescue team were tasked to assist Fisherrow Coastguard and South Queensferry Coastguard teams to reports of an inflatable water toy, potentially with people still on it, off the coast of Portobello.

"The inflatable was quickly recovered by Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat but there were no persons on or near the inflatable.

"A search operation was initiated to locate any possible casualties that may have come off the toy."

The Coastguard rescue Helicopter travelled from Prestwick, Ayrshire, to take part, and a search concluded nobody was in the water. 

The Facebook post added: "If you ever loose an item such as an inflatable and it blows offshore, please contact the Coastguard at the earliest opportunity to inform us.

"In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for Coastguard."