1923 – Robbie Nisbet, the Gallant Rescuer

The following report appeared in the Berwickshire News and General Advertiser on Tuesday 01 May 1923.

On Tuesday afternoon while two St Abbs fishermen, David Dougal and his son Robert, were returning to harbour in a small rowing boat, and when they had reached a point about 50 yards from harbour mouth, where the channel is very restricted and fringed with dangerous rocks, the small boat was struck by a heavy sea which broke on her quarters and flung her on her beam ends, both men being precipitated into the sea, and beyond reach of one another. In going overboard the father clutched hold of the mast which been lying along the seats, and it went with him. Both men were encumbered with sea boots, and both were unable to swim far cry 3 kostenlos downloaden vollversion pc.

St Abbs postcard reproduced in the Berwickshire News. It is reported that the accident happened between the fishing vessel at the right rear of the picture, and the pier wall.

The accident was observed by several people on the high ground above the harbour, and the alarm being raised, Robert Nesbit, son of the village Postmaster, immediately went to their assistance profilbild herunterladen. He ran down to the beach, and divesting himself of his jacket and vest, he plunged into the sea and swam through the breakers some 15 to 20 yards, to the younger man who was in imminent danger of drowning. By the time he had got hold of him and was beginning to make for the beach, the father had been buffetted within reach, and immediately the son threw his arms round the father, who still maintained hold of the mast open office herunterladen wie.

Robbie Nisbet as pictured in the Berwickshire News, captioned “THE GALLANT RESCUER”

The rescuer took hold of the mast and swam ashore, drawing the two men along. By this time other two young men, Peter Hood, 4 Murrayfield, St Abbs, and Jacob Nesbit, Castle Terrace, St Abbs (the latter cannot swim), plunged into the water in the hope rendering assistance download icloud for windows.

First aid was given by Mr J Armstrong Harris, an Edinburgh medical student, who was on holiday at St Abbs. The fishing boat was recovered in a damaged state.

Mr Robert Nisbet, the gallant son of St Abbs’ esteemed Postmaster, is only 22 years of age next month. He was born at St Abbs, and received his education at St Abbs Public School, Berwickshire High School, and Eyemouth High Grade School itunes gekaufte filme downloaden. After leaving school went to business with his father as a grocer. He is well known in Berwickshire as the custodian of the village football team, and is also worthy Secretary of the Football Club. He is also a tennis player. In the summer he has occasionally gone off to sea fishing. He learned to swim at the age of 12, when he bathed in the harbour with the local swimmers.

Two brothers, Alex and William, served in the War, and the former was seriously wounded and is now unfit for work. He is the 3rd son, and Andrew is the youngest. There is one sister who assists in the business. All the family are at present at home.

When our Representative visited Mr Robert Nesbit, and spoke to him about the gallant rescue he had made, he replied, “Oh, it’s nothing.” After considerable persuasion, however, he said,

“I was just getting ready to go to the country in the motor, when I heard the shouts, and I rushed down to the harbour, then went over the parapet, and I saw the men in the water. I took off my coat and vest and jumped in and swam about 15 to 20 yards and got hold of Robert. The father had hold of the mast, and I knew the boy required more assistance. I got hold of him, and by that time we had all got together, so I took hold of the mast, turned over on my back, and swam towards the beach. Boats had arrived on the scene, but they could not approach us in case they caught the rocks or struck us.”

In reply to our Representative, he said, “I am not a fast swimmer, but I can swim a long distance. I usually swim on my back as I enjoy it most.”

Our Representative saw Mr Dougal who said,

“Most the boats were off. My son and I went off about 2 or 3 o’clock. It was not a bad afternoon, but it grew worse. We were about half a mile off. We had finished picking up our creel pots, and were making for the harbour. We were rowing at the time, and the swell caught us and sent both out of the boat. I first got hold of the halyards of the mast, and hauled it towards me. My boy was out of the boat before me. He could not swim. Nesbit jumped in to our assistance. He went to the assistance of my son first, then got hold of the mast and pulled both of us ashore. He swam on his back. My son and I were both in an exhausted condition, and had to be laid on the rocks. The salmon coble and the Victory (James Nesbit) came to our rescue, but there were too many rocks about, and they were afraid they ran into us.”

Asked what he thought about Nesbit’s action, Mr Dougal replied:

“It was a very brave piece of work, and if it had not been for him, one of would have went.”

Mr Dougal, although born at Shields, has lived at St Abbs most of his life. With his wife and son he resides at ‘Paddock Myer’, on the Eyemouth road. is 50 years of age, and was brought up in Eyemouth until he was about 14, when he came to St Abbs. With the exception of a few years during the War, wnen was employed at Leslie & Hawthorn’s, shipbuilders, Tyneside, Mr Dougal has been occupied in the fishing at St Abbs. Just over 25 years ago, he married Darling Aitchison, daughter of Robert Aitchison, 3 Briary Law, St Abbs. Their family consists of two daughters and one son. The son is 20 years of age, and was born and educated at St Abbs. Since leaving school he has assisted his father at the fishing.

Mr William Wilson, who was an eye-witness, told our Representative:

“I was sitting above the harbour about 4.30 or 5 o’clock. I saw the boat coming in, and a big sea caught her in the back. She gave a lurch, and they were both thrown out. Nesbit ran down before me. Two boats went to their assistance, but they could not get near them.”

Mr Jacob Nesbit told our Representative:

“I wanted to do something to help, so I jumped into the water, but I am no swimmer, and I had to come back.”

Mr Peter Hood is one of the strongest swimmers of the village, but he found the surf too much for him, and he also had to come back.

Mr Tom Wilson, who was in charge of the coble which went to the rescue, said:

“I was heating a kettle at the time, and I saw the boat give a lurch and I said to a friend, ‘Look out there’s something wrong,’ and he replied, ‘Dave’s corning in,’ whereupon I said ‘If he is, there’s something wrong’.”

Those who were present at the accident have nothing but praise for the Edinburgh medical student, Mr Harris, who rendered first aid. He was early on the scene, and he took care of the rescued for nearly two hours. Mr Dougal said, “He did well. He took care of us until we were fit to walk home.”

The gallant action of Mr Nesbit has been reported to the Royal Humane Society, the Carnegie Hero Fund, and the Lifeboat Institution, and it is hoped, that he will receive a just reward.

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