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.
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.