Surfer Sleeping Causes Alarm

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A snoozing surfer sparked chaos during a 200th anniversary parade to celebrate the work of the RNLI.

The unnamed man was spotted lying flat on his surfboard and failed to respond to shouts from worried walkers at Skateraw beach, near Dunbar, East Lothian.

He even failed to stir when a distress flare was fired overhead.

So coastguards were forced to alert eight crewmen marching with their inshore lifeboat, which was the centrepiece of the town’s Civic Week parade.

When they arrived, the surfer had already made it back to shore.

Coxswain Gary Fairbairn said when the crew’s emergency pagers started buzzing, they had to ditch the gala queen and her attendants and race to the harbour to launch the lifeboat.

He said: “It could not have worked out any worse really but the procession moved forward to allow us to break away.

“The surfer said he had been sitting and waiting for a wave. But he was out there for about 45 minutes and they even fired a flare above his head and he never reacted. I think he was just having a kip.”