Girvan Lifeboat Called To Sunken Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

As the south west of Scotland was basking in sunshine for the second day running and with everyone enjoying the high temperatures, Girvan RNLI’s volunteer crew’s pagers were activated at 6.01pm this evening (Tuesday 10 May).

The crew quickly assembled at the station as it was ascertained the vessel Saltire had hung up on the jetty as the tide was dropping and had turned over onto her side. 

Girvan RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Silvia Burrell was launched soon after with crew on the lifeboat, on the jetty and crew in drysuits in the water, as the shout was only a few hundred yards from the station.

Floating debris and ropes in the immediate vicinity were removed to ensure a safer working environment, and the lifeboat then proceeded to the opposite side of the jetty from the stricken vessel. Two crew members entered the water once again and after assessment a series of ropes were attached to the Saltire and in turn attached to the winch at the front of the lifeboat.

With the vessel being winched up with the help of the lifeboat, crew members set up a further rope across the river onto the rear of Girvan Coastguard Rescue Ttem's 4x4 vehicle, which allowed the lifeboat crew to pull the vessel away from the jetty and up with the Coastguard vehicle whilst being winched upright using the lifeboat.

The Saltire was soon sitting upright once again but still had an ingress of water, so Girvan RNLI lifeboat crew set up a salvage pump and began to pump out the remaining water from the Saltire.

Once it had been pumped free from water further checks were made to the stability and condition of the vessel, where it was moved to another berth further down the jetty so it would not be affected further by the state of tide.

The vessel was secured and the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again at 8pm. 

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