Largs lifeboat launch to a reported capsized vessel.

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At 7.50pm. on the evening of Friday 12th. of July Largs volunteer lifeboat crew launched to a report of a person clinging to a capsized vessel .

Largs Lifeboat at Speed

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Largs Lifeboat R A Wilson
The reported casualty was said to be in an area South of Toward Lighthouse where a red flare was said to have been seen earlier.
A Coastguard helicopter and their shore based rescue team were also in attendance.
The entire area was thoroughly searched by all units, after an extensive search there was no one to be seen, however,nearby there is a large yellow buoy with black markings which from a distance could easily have been mistaken for a capsized vessel , this buoy was thought to be the reported casualty.
As no one was found to be in difficulty all units were stood down and returned to their respective bases.
This type of call out is considered to be a false alarm with good intent.
Lifeboat crews would always rather be there and not needed, than not be there when needed.

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