Largs lifeboat tows 43Ft. yacht to safety in difficult conditions.

Lifeboats News Release

While on a routine exercise Largs lifeboat crew were tasked to the assistance of a 43ft. yacht with one person on board.

RNLI/Alasdair Woods

Largs Lifeboat at Speed
During a routine exercise on the evening of Tuesday 23rd. of April Largs volunteer lifeboat crew were requested by UK Coastguard to attend a 43ft. yacht with one person on board in difficulties as a result of engine problems.
The lone sailor seemed unsure of his position making it difficult for the lifeboat crew to locate him, in an effort to find him UK Coastguard asked him to set off 2 flares, fortunately the second one was spotted by the lifeboat crew.
As it reached the location West of the South End of Little Cumbrae Island the lifeboat was soon alongside whereupon a crew member boarded the yacht to render assistance.
Weather conditions at the time were not favourable, wind speeds of 6 to 7 gusting to 8 knots were being experienced, a decision was made to undertake a tow, a line was secured and in difficult conditions the yacht with its lone sailor was towed into Largs yacht haven where it was secured and made safe.
During the evening exercise a young lady probationer crew member Emily Santos was on board the lifeboat, unexpectedly this exercise turned out to be her first ever real shout, congratulations Emily well done.

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