Arran RNLI responds to incident in Brodick Bay
Arran RNLI responded to calls from the public relating to an inebriated member of the public in a dinghy in Brodick Bay.
At 6.45pm on the 14th of May, the pagers sounded and training was interrupted as the crew were tasked by Belfast Coastguard.
As the Arran RNLI volunteer crew were already on station so could respond instantly to the tasking from the Coastguard. By 7.06pm the crew were on scene in Brodick Bay and had located the casualty and conducted an evaluation. After determining that it was safe for the casualty to remain on their vessel for the evening the volunteer crew were stood down and returned to station.
Arran RNLI helm Brian Donlin said, “Tonight’s callout was a great example of the public doing their bit to keep a vigilant watch for potentially vulnerable sea users. While everyone is enjoying the fine weather we would like to encourage everyone to ensure they remain safe at sea, always wear life jackets and have the means to raise the alarm when at the coast or on the water.”.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.