Largs lifeboat attends a crew-less grounded yacht
Largs lifeboat volunteers respond to a launch request concerning a grounded yacht with no one on board.
As the volunteer lifeboat men arrived on scene they realised this yacht was one which had come from a mooring a short distance from the shore and had been on that mooring for a significant length of time, the vessel had parted company with its moorings and drifted ashore where it became grounded.
What to do with it ? was the question facing the volunteer lifeboat crew.
After communication with the duty manager of the nearby Largs Yacht Haven who kindly gave his confirmation and willingness to accept the vessel into a safe berth until such times as the owner could be found the volunteers took the vessel in tow to the Marina where she will lie until such times as the owner can be contacted.
Having berthed the vessel successfully, the lifeboat returned to station to be made ready for her next service.
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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 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.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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