Largs lifeboat responds to a person taken ill on board a yacht
Largs volunteer lifeboat crew launched to a request for assistance when a member of the crew of a yacht was taken Ill.
Soon the lifeboat was on scene when two of her volunteer crew members boarded the yacht to provide casualty care.
Meantime a Coastguard helicopter form Prestwick had been tasked, as it arrived overhead in rough weather conditions, for safety reasons, it was decided to land the helicopter paramedic crewman on the lifeboat, this manoeuvre between the helicopter and the lifeboat had been carried out many times before during exercises which proved their worth on this occasion as the landing was perfect.
Once on board the lifeboat the paramedic was taken to the yacht to assess the condition of the casualty.
It was decided for his safety and comfort to leave the casualty where he was and stay with him on the yacht for further transportation to Largs Yacht Haven.
As the lifeboat escorted the yacht the helicopter departed the scene to land at the yacht haven and await the eventual arrival of her paramedic crew member.
When the Yacht arrived the casualty was conscious and transferred to an ambulance for onward conveyance to hospital.
On completion the helicopter returned to base and the lifeboat to station.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.