Girvan Lifeboat launches to sighting of distress flare
Lifeboat launched to red distress flare
At 12:10pm on Sunday 24th March Girvan lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a red flare sighting off Dunure.
Belfast Coastguard were notified by a member of the public, who contacted the coastguard after they observed what they believed to be a red flare.
Girvan's All-weather lifeboat "Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan" was underway at full speed towards Dunure harbour in testing conditions with the wind blowing Force 5-6 gusting F7 at times with large swells to search the area. Meanwhile the Girvan/Ayr Coastguard team searched the shore around Dunure.
After carrying out a search of the area, with no further reports and nothing untoward found, both teams were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.
Girvan lifeboat returned to Girvan where she was refuelled, cleaned and made ready for the next callout
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.