Lifeboat launched to drifting vessel
Girvan Lifeboat called to powerless cruiser
At 13:58 Thursday 13 August Belfast Coastguard paged the crew to launch the all-weather lifeboat after they were alerted to a small cruiser having lost all power and drifting some 7 miles NW of Turnberry point.
Our volunteer crew assembled at the station and some 8 minutes after the launch request Girvan's Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan' was leaving the harbour and headed out into a rather blusterly North Westerly breeze.
Arriving on scene, and the situation assessed, the small cruiser was taken under tow and brought back to the safety of Girvan harbour where it was met by Girvan Coastguard Rescue Team and allow the owners to arrange the necessary repairs.
Girvan lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and disinfected ready for the next callout
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.