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Two call outs for Largs volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of Saturday 4 June at 6.25pm Largs lifeboat received a request from Belfast Coastguard to launch and attend a yacht with one person on board reported to have hit rocks south of Great Cumbrae.

As the lifeboat and her volunteer crew arrived on scene they quickly established there was no significant damage to the vessel or injury to the lone sailor.

Members of the volunteer lifeboat crew boarded the yacht in order to establish that she was not taking in any water, this was found to be the case.

As all was well, the yacht and her lone crew were able to resume the voyage back to Ardrossan.
The lifeboat returned to station to be made ready for her next service.

The next day Largs volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by Belfast Coastguard reporting a jet ski which had broken down off Largs foreshore.

As the volunteer crew were kitting up in readiness to launch, a second call was received from Belfast stating the jet ski had managed to get back safely to shore without incident. The crew did not launch on this occasion and were subsequently stood down.

RNLI Media Contacts: Alasdair Woods, Largs volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07860 632524, email  Richard Smith, media relations manager for Scotland, 07786 668903, email 

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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