Troon and Largs RNLI lifeboats launch to capsized sailing dinghy off Cumbrae
At 1.55pm on Sunday 27 January 2019, Troon RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a sailing dinghy capsizing multiple times with people in the water off Cumbrae.
Belfast Coastguard also tasked Largs inshore lifeboat, Ardrossan, Largs and Cumbrae Coastguard Rescue Teams as well as the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199. The Calmac ferry Catriona also diverted to assist in the search for the dinghy.
The volunteer crew launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' into a strong north westerly wind and rough seas making best speed towards Cumbrae.
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