TWO special visitors have been given the chance to climb aboard Dunbar RNLI’s lifeboat.

Keen swimmers Charlotte Bapao and Amelie Bobes have swapped the French village of Serres-Castet, 125 kilometres from Biarritz on France’s west coast, for a trip to Scotland.

The exchange has come through Haddington and District Amateur Swimming Club, with the two youngsters visiting the RNLI to see the work that they do and to climb aboard the inshore lifeboat.

Charlotte and Amelie, both 12, are members of the village’s swimming club, with exchange trips between the two swimming clubs dating back more than 30 years.

More than 30 youngsters have enjoyed a 10-day stay with families throughout the county.

Charlotte and Amelie have been staying with crew member Iain McDougall and family.

A spokeswoman for Dunbar RNLI said: “His children, Jack, Katie and Robbie, joined the girls as fellow crew member Becs Miller told them all about the importance of staying safe in the water, while showing them the equipment we use and how our D-class inshore lifeboat helps us save lives at sea.”