Girvan RNLI Launches to kayakers in difficulty
Girvan all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched on Sunday 03 July to reports of kayakers in difficulty a mile out from the rocky shoreline of Lendalfoot.
At 09:34 on Sunday 03 July the crews pagers were activated at the request of Belfast Coastguard, Girvan’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat Silvia Burrell and her volunteer crew launched on service to reports from a concerned member of the public, that they no longer had a sight of kayakers and feared they were in difficulty, approximately half a mile off the rocky shoreline at Lendalfoot.
Also tasked to the scene were Girvan & Ballantrae Coastguard Rescue Teams and Coastguard Rescue 999
Further reports came in that the kayakers were on a planned journey to Girvan.
The crew prepared for arrival at the location and crew members kitted up in dry suits in preparation for entering the water, whilst other crew were keeping watch for the casualties.
At 10:00hrs Girvan Lifeboat had a visual on the casualties, and quickly ensured the casualties were ok and if they were in need of assistance.
The lifeboat crew obtained further information, and the Helicopter returned to base, the lifeboat remained on scene whilst the kayakers went to shore and spoke with the Coastguard teams.
The lifeboat crew once happy that there was at this point no immediate danger and the kayakers were safe, well and happy to proceed with their journey ‘Silvia Burrell’ and our volunteer crew made their way back to station.
The lifeboat was back in Girvan, being cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service at 10:40hrs
In this instance the call was deemed a false alarm with good intent and everyone was safe and well, however things can go from good to very bad at sea in a very short space of time, and we would encourage that if you genuinely believe that someone is in difficulty to call the Coastguard. If it doubt dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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