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Lifeboat called to reports of upturned vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Girvan All-weather lifeboat crews 2nd call in 24hrs

At 08:00hrs Monday 04 July Girvan Lifeboats volunteer crew’s pagers were once again activated by Belfast Coastguard.

As the crew assembled at the station, the information obtained was reports of a possible sighting of an upturned vessel, just off the charismatic coast between Maidens and Turnberry

From the pagers going off to the boat launching on service was around 8 minutes with the RNLB Silvia Burrell soon making her way out the pier end northwards.

On arrival on scene at the reported location, a thorough search of the area was carried out, this was assisted by HMCG Rescue Helicopter 999 and the Coastguard Rescue Team from Girvan on the shore.

 It was found that the alleged upturned vessel and what looked to be a hull in the water was a large piece of debris, which from the shoreline could easily have looked like a hull of an upturned boat. At this point and once all were happy that there were no other vessels or persons in danger the lifeboat, helicopter and CRT stood down, in what was deemed a false alarm with good intent.

Girvan lifeboat and her volunteer crew returned to station where the lifeboat was once again made ready for the next service call. Once again we would say if in doubt dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

You can come and see us in action this Sunday 10th July 12:00 at our annual Harbour Gala, where there will be fun for all the family as well as a rescue display with the lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter.


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