Largs Lifeboat launches as Divers Support Boat Goes Adrift

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 24th. of March at 12.30pm. Largs Volunteer crew launched to a dive boat which had gone adrift with one person on board.

Largs lifeboat R A Wilson launched in heavy weather on Sunday 24th. of March to report of a dive support vessel, namely a RIB, which had been reported drifting from Clashfarland Point on Great Cumbrae Island where a total of 6 persons had been diving, five in the water and one left on board the support RIB.
The support boat with one person on board began to drift from the shelter of the Island when strong winds from the North West began to blow the vessel towards the Largs direction.
Soon after launching the lifeboat volunteer crew located the RIB with the one person on board inside the Ore Terminal Jetty at Hunterston to the South of Largs, the RIB with the one person was taken in tow to Largs Yacht Haven.
Having safely secured the RIB the lifeboat departed the Yacht Haven and returned to Great Cumbrae Island to rescue the other five divers who were stranded on a rock , they were taken on board the lifeboat and conveyed to the nearby Water Sports Centre on the Island.
The lifeboat and her volunteer crew returned to station at 2.30pm. where the lifeboat was made ready for her next service.

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