FIVE children got themselves in difficulty off the East Lothian coastline yesterday afternoon (Sunday) and ended up being rescued by a lifeboat crew. 

North Berwick's lifeboat and Coastguard teams, as well as a Coastguard team from Dunbar and a rescue helicopter, were all tasked at about 1.53pm yesterday to help the kids who were in the water off Yellowcraig Beach by Dirleton. 

Three children were in the water and two were on an inflatable and being blown off shore.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene but the children had all made it to safety.

A spokesperson for North Berwick RNLI said: "Thankfully a happy outcome.

"Inflatables are not safe for the beach, and should really only be used in an enclosed pool as an offshore breeze, even a light one, can blow it away from safety and quickly into open water.

"If you're headed to the beach, leave the inflatable at home."