EMERGENCY crews were called to help “multiple persons and horses struggling in the water” at Belhaven Bay on Sunday.

It is thought they had been caught by the tide.

But when the Coastguard and Dunbar RNLI arrived at the scene, near the Bridge to Nowhere at about 4pm, those concerned were out the water and had made their way back to shore.

Dunbar Coastguard said in a statement: “They [the casualties] were distressed but apparently uninjured, however an ambulance was requested for further checks.

“The Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics were happy no further medical attention was required and, with the horses also uninjured, the team stood down.”

And they added: “The Coastguard would like to encourage everyone to enjoy our British coastline safely.  “Make sure that you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths. In particular remember to check the weather forecast and tidal times before you set out.”