Troon and Largs RNLI lifeboats assist boat aground at Cumbrae

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.28am on Friday 14 September 2018, Troon all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to assist Largs inshore lifeboat following reports of a yacht with engine failure drifting south of Cumbrae

The crew attended at the lifeboat station and the Trent class all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' was soon leaving the harbour into moderate sea conditions towards Cumbrae. Largs inshore lifeboat, Atlantic 85 'R A Wilson' was also launched and was proceeding to the casualty vessel.

While on route news came through from Belfast Coastguard informing the volunteer crews that the 34ft yacht was with 7 persons on board was now aground. Shortly after this, Largs lifeboat arrived on scene and a crewmember entered the water so that a towline could be passed to the casualty vessel.

With a tow line attached, and with a rising tide, the yacht was soon under tow by Largs lifeboat towards Largs Yacht Haven with Troon all-weather lifeboat escorting.

After the yacht was safely berthed in the marina, Troon lifeboat was able to return to station, where at 1.45pm it was refuelled and made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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