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Girvan lifeboat called to stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Girvan lifeboat called to stricken yacht

At 12:23pm on Tuesday 30 August, Girvan Lifeboat volunteer crew pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a vessel with jammed sails and without power.

Within minutes of the pagers going off the all-weather relief lifeboat Pride and Spirit was leaving the harbour mouth and heading towards the last reported position just South of Dunure with sea conditions getting worse all the time.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew assessed the situation with the drifting, powerless vessel and ensured the casualties on board did not require any medical attention.

A tow-line was then established from the lifeboat to the 28ft stricken yacht Lady of lockerly prior to making for Girvan Harbour, where the lifeboat manoeuvred the casualty vessel into a pontoon berth and ensured it was secure. The crew then assisted with bringing the damaged sail down for safety.

After four hours at sea the lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for service once again.

RNLI Media Contacts: Craig Sommerville, volunteer lifeboat press officer, 074112 76383.

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