DUNBAR’S RNLI volunteers have a new helm on the inshore lifeboat (ILB).

Adrian Lavery has been a key member of the town’s crew for 10 years since joining in 2011, after three years of volunteering in North Berwick.

IT specialist Adrian (pictured, by Nick Mailer) has already faced many challenging situations, one involving a horse rider who had fallen at Hedderwick Sands, to the west of the town.

He said: “That rescue was particularly challenging because it tested the knowledge and skill of the entire crew, as the tidal estuary at the end of Belhaven Bay is rarely accessible by boat and requires good knowledge of the various hazards in the area.”

After moving to Dunbar a decade ago, Adrian was keen to remain involved with the RNLI. He said: “I’ve always had a keen interest in the marine environment and, living in a coastal community, wanted to give something back to my adopted home town.”

Serving on both of the town’s RNLI lifeboats, he is also an integral member of the team that conducts visits and talks to interested groups and schoolchildren.

Adrian joins volunteers Alan Blair, Gordon Kirkham, Chris Woods and Ross McMullen as helms for the ILB.