Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Calls for Largs Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Largs RNLI volunteer crew launched initially at 9.14pm. on Saturday 21/09/19 then again at 2.10am on Sunday, first to a grounded yacht and then to a person overboard from a moored yacht.

RNLI/Alasdair Woods

The first launch was to assist a yacht which had grounded to the South of Inverkip Marina entrance.
Arriving on scene the volunteer crew members found that the three occupants had safely regained the shore, despite their best efforts the yacht could not be towed off due to the receding tide.
An anchor was laid from the yacht to assist in the re-floating operation at the next tide.
The lifeboat then returned to Largs and was rehoused at 11.45pm.

The second was an immediate launch at 2.10am on Sunday following a report of a man overboard (MOB ) from a yacht moored in Kames Bay Millport Isle of Cumbrae.
Arriving on scene the crew found the person had his leg trapped between two rungs of a boarding ladder, he and the other occupant of the yacht were unable to free him.
The person was taken on board the lifeboat assessed as being hypothermic having been in the water for some time.
The lifeboat crew invoked their Casualty Care protocol removing wet clothing applying thermal blanket and given Oxygen, during this time constant observation and reassurance given
The person was then transported to Millport Pier where he was handed over to the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The lifeboat then returned to the to the yacht to check on the condition of the other occupant who was OK and prepared to remain on board.
On completion the lifeboat returned to station where it was washed down and re-housed at 3.45am.
This casualty was in immediate danger of drowning and but for the rapid professional response of the volunteers at Largs lifeboat station the outcome could have been completely different.

Monday 23/09/19 whilst on a night navigation exercise the lifeboat R A Wilson was requested to respond to a report from a member of the public, of a sighting of a red flare in the area of Toward.
An extensive search of the area was undertaken with negative results until the search was called off.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 10.15pm.

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