Reports of missing fisherman sparks Largs RNLI call
Largs RNLI lifeboat launched at 11:50pm on Saturday (22 August) following reports of a missing shore fisherman last seen on the North end of the Isle of Bute.
The lifeboat proceeded at best possible speed to the area where the volunteer crew carried out an extensive search of the shoreline
This search proved negative and, following some more information of a possible location for the casualty, the lifeboat assisted Police Scotland and local Coastguard teams to a somewhat remote section of the area being searched.
This proved a correct decision as once on scene, the missing fisherman was located onshore. The lifeboat then took the fisherman, to the ferry terminal jetty.
The lifeboat then returned to Largs the Lifeboat Station, was refuelled and cleaned down as per Covid 19 protocols. The boat was rehoused at 4.45am on Sunday (23 August), ready for future service calls.
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.