Largs was the first station in Scotland to operate a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat. The prototype, B-500, was sent for trials in 1972; these proved very successful and the station has operated an Atlantic lifeboat ever since.
This station is classed as a Discover station. Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months.
The crew of a 30ft yacht at 3pm on Monday afternoon made a Pan Pan call to Belfast coastguard who immediately responded and requested the services of Largs RNLI lifeboat.
On Sunday afternoon at 3.16pm Belfast coastguard requested an immediate launch of Largs lifeboat to assist a person reported to be struggling in the water near Seamill.
Largs crewman Andy Smith was celebrating his 21st birthday when his pager went off.
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Largs Lifeboat StationGreenock Road North PromenadeLargsAyrshireKA30 8PQ
Station opening times:
By appointment only
Visitor contact telephone:
Shop opening times:
April–MaySaturday–Sunday1.30pm–4.30pmJune–August Monday–Sunday1.30pm–4.30pmSeptemberSaturday–Sunday1.30pm–4.30pmBank Holidays1.30pm–4.30pm
Specific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.
More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.
Lifeboat name: B-854 'Naming ceremony to take place in 2012'
Lifeboat class: B class
Funded by: Kindly funded by The Toby Charitable Trust, which was created by deed granted by Robert Amory Wilson
Read more about the B class
1964Inshore lifeboat station established in May with a D class lifeboat.
1971Committee of Management decided to award Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Institution's Chairman to Helmsman John H Harrison and crew members Robert Watson and John Mackie for their services to a Drilling Rig (Pontoon) in difficulties off Hunterston Sands on 18 March.
1973An Atlantic 17 class lifeboat sent to station.
1974The Atlantic 17 and D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21 lifeboat as the station boat.
1983Silver Medal was awarded to crew member Arthur Hill in recognition of his courage, determination and cool assessment of a difficult situation when he entered the water from the lifeboat Independent Forester Liberty on 24 July 1983 and ducked down about three feet to get under the cabin top of an upturned boat to rescue a young girl trapped forward in a small air-pocket. Helmsman John Strachan was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for his leadership and judgement. The Ma ud Smith Award for the most outstanding act of lifesaving by a life-boatman during 1983 was awarded to Arthur Hill for this service.
1998The boathouse was of insufficient size to accommodate an Atlantic 75 class lifeboat and launching vehicle and hence the construction of a larger boathouse was proposed. Facilities include housing for the lifeboat and launching vehicle, workshop, oil and petrol stores. This was completed in February.
2011A new B class, Atlantic 85 lifeboat, B-854 R A Wilson was placed on service on 6 November.
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