Girvan RNLI lifeboat crew respond to Mayday distress call
At 9.30pm on Tuesday 6 September Girvan RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew's pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard following a Mayday to Belfast Coastguard.
On arrival at the lifeboat station the crew were still receiving updates from Belfast Coastguard as to the call which ahd been sent out via VHF radio.
Within minutes the crew were kitted up, running along the jetty with the relief all weather lifeboat, Pride and Spirit, soon leaving her berth.
A full search commenced of the harbour area and towards the pier end and back again, as further updates were received from Belfast Coastguard and the lifeboat carried out a search parallel with the shoreline north past Maidens towards Culzean.
The lifeboat scanned the coastline and area utilising the onboard search lights and illuminating rocket flares. Once that stage of the search had been completed the lifeboat then commenced a search further offshore heading back towards Girvan.
A further search was completed south of the harbour, with RNLI colleagues at Troon Lifeboat launching approximately one hour after Girvan as updates came via the radio that a triangulation of the single mayday placed the distress call further up the coastline.
Girvan Coastguard Rescue Team conducted shoreline searches around Girvan, whilst further north Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team conducted shoreline searches to compliment Troon RNLI lifeboat's ongoing search.
After nearly three hours at sea with our search completed with nothing untoward found and HM coastguard continuing their investigations as to the calls origin, Girvan RNLI lifeboat stood down and returned to station where it was washed, refuelled and made ready for service at 12.30am.
On completion of the search, all resources were stood down and returned to station with Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre treating the this as a hoax radio call with malicious intent.
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