Double Sunday morning callout for Girvan Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

2 incidents for our volunteer crews this morning.

Girvan's Shannon Class all-Weather Lifeboat launching on Sunday 2nd August

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Girvan Lifeboat launching

This morning Sunday 2nd August 2020 our crews usual Sunday morning routines were interrupted by the shrieks of their pagers going of at just after 10:30am

On arrival at the station, our volunteer crew on this occasion coxwained by our 3rd Coxwain Alan Jeans were tasked to search for 2 Rhibs missing overnight.

This was Alan's 1st solo outing as Coxwain in charge of the lifeboat, so congratulations for all your hard work and commitment.

Girvan's Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat made best speed to the allocated search area around Ailsa Craig, some 10 miles approx off the coast of Girvan to carry out the search.

While the lifeboat was searching near Ailsa Craig at around 11:30 we were tasked again to reported concern for welfare with a casualty in the water at the South Side of the town.

Girvan lifeboat was redirected from it's search and headed back towards the coast, as there was an immediate danger to life, additional Crew made their way via road to the scene approx 1 mile from the station.

On arrival the casualty was not in the water and in the hands of our colleagues from Police Scotland with ourselves and Girvan Coastguard Rescue team standing by.

The lifeboat at this point was retasked to continue with the initial search near Ailsa Craig, with the casualty at Girvan under the care of the Police our crew at the 2nd tasking on land stood down and returned to station.

Shortly later after further information relating to the initial search was received by the coastguard, Girvan Lifeboat also stood down and returned to station.

The lifeboat was made ready for the next service call.

No further details will be provided about the 2nd tasking.

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