Three bank holiday weekend calls for Largs lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Largs Lifeboat, R A Wilson launched on three occasions over the bank holiday weekend.

On the first launch, at 1.10pm on Friday, the volunteer crew carried out a shoreline search from Fairlie to Cloch Point for a reported missing person.

Helensburgh lifeboat was also involved in searching from Cloch Point to Port Glasgow. The search by both boats resulted in nothing found with Largs lifeboat being rehoused at 4.35pm.

The second launch was at 12.51pm on the Saturday when the crew responded to a report of a swimmer, taking part in a charity swim from Glencallum Bay to Kilchattan, Isle of Bute, requiring assistance.

The crew located the casualty, now onshore being tended to by coastguards. Volunteer lifeboat crew members went ashore, carried out their casualty care protocols following which they decided to transport the casualty from the somewhat inaccessible area they were in to Kilchattan Bay. On arrival the crew handed the casualty over to the Ambulance Service.

The Lifeboat then returned to Station being rehoused at 2.40pm.

The third service was at 7.00pm on Saturday when the crew launched into westerly force 5 or 6 gales with poor visibility to a RHIB requesting assistance.

The crew located the casualty holding onto a creel marker near Toward Pt, who advised that his outboard engine had broken down, thus the request for assistance.

The Lifeboat took the casualty in tow to Largs Yacht Haven where assistance was given in berthing the vessel and landing the sole occupant.

Largs Lifeboat then returned to station, was re-fueled, washed down and rehoused at 9.00pm

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