Largs lifeboat launches to an elderly couple in a yacht

Lifeboats News Release

An early morning request to launch to an elderly couple in a 28ft yacht came at 4.55am.

RNLI/Alasdair Woods

At 4.55am Largs RNLI volunteer crew pagers went off as UK coastguards requested they launch to an elderly couple in a 28 foot yacht as they were giving rise for concern .
The couple had earlier set sail from Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp for Ardrossan which was believed to be their home port.
During their voyage they had been, on a number of occasions, in radio contact with coastguards, as the night progressed coastguards became concerned for their safety, as the couple neared Ardrossan, they seemed to be becoming very tired and confused.
By this time the yacht, a Westerly Longbow type had suffered engine or mechanical failure and the couple were unable to enter the harbour.
Largs lifeboat was soon on scene and escorted the yacht & her elderly crew to the safety of the harbour.
As all was well and no harm had come to the couple the lifeboat returned to station at 7.00am in good time for the volunteers to go to their day jobs.



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