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Girvan Lifeboat responds to persons in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

2nd callout sees lifeboat launched to youths in trouble

Girvan lifeboat launching

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

2nd launch of the day for Girvan

At 19:24 Thursday 13 August 2020 Belfast Coastguard paged the crew to launch the all-weather lifeboat after they received 999 calls reporting persons in the water quite far off shore.

Our volunteer crew assembled at the station and immediately launched Girvan's Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan'

Within minutes the lifeboat arrived on scene to the South of the town and proceeded to search, while Coastguard Rescue Teams were already on the shoreline.

On scene Coastguard Rescue Teams spoke to the first informant and the persons that were in the water were pointed out. CRT Spoke to two young people and safety advice was given. Also in attendance Girvan, Ayr and Ballantrae Coastguard Rescue Teams.

With no one in the water any longer or in imminent danger, Girvan lifeboat stood down and returned to station.

This was the 2nd callout this afternoon for our volunteer crew having not long returned from towing a small cruiser to safety that had lost all power earlier in the day.

Girvan lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and disinfected ready for the next callout.

If you see or suspect someone in trouble at sea or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard

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