Largs Lifeboat Launches to Capsized Dinghy
Largs Lifeboat launched following reports of a capsized sailing dinghy with two persons in the water.
The volunteer crew launched at 1.55pm (Sunday 27 January) into rough sea conditions and a cold Northerly Force 6/7 wind. The casualty was quickly located near to Cairnie’s Quay approx 1nautical mile South of the boathouse. On scene the two persons involved, one male and one female, were found having managed to right the vessel and by now close to shore. They were both checked out by a lifeboat crewmember and found to be OK . They were then kept under close observation until they had returned to shore. During this time the Coastguard helicopter had maintained a position overhead and RNLI Troon Lifeboat had launched. These units were stood down when the situation was clarified by Largs crew.
The persons involved were experienced and well equipped but had capsized several times and although they had managed to right the craft it is likely that the rough conditions and cold would have started to take effect.
Largs lifeboat returned to the station, was refuelled, washed down and rehoused at 3.00pm .
RNLI media contacts
Alasdair Woods, [Volunteer] Largs Lifeboat Press Officer, 07860 632524.
Dave Hewitt (Snr),[Volunteer] Deputy Largs Lifeboat Press Officer, 07552 064621.
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, firstname.lastname@example.org
RNLI Press Office 01202 336789
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