Two Shouts in one day for Largs volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.30pm today (20 June) the crew were alerted by UK Coastguard to a police report concerning a 5m long rigid inflatable boat (RIB) with 10 people on board which was grounding as it approached Rothesay Harbour.

Lifeboat at speed

RNLI/Alasdair Woods

Largs Lifeboat R A Wilson
The RIB was re-floated and made off. but as police were concerned about the safety of the occupants the Coastguard were informed and requested the assistance of the RNLI to search for them.

After an extensive coastline search the RIB and occupants were located off Cloch Point Lighthouse, near to Gourock.

They were found to be safe and well and said they were returning to where they previously launched further up the Clyde. They also confirmed, they had beached at Rothesay with the intention of going ashore.

At this time lifeboat crew noted there was only one lifejacket on board which was being worn by a young boy.

Having established all was otherwise well with the occupants the lifeboat R A Wilson and her crew returned to station to undertake a thorough decontamination of the lifeboat.

But less than half an hour after the lifeboat had been made ready and her crew had headed home a second shout was received from the Coastguard, this time to a report of a child on an inflatable flamingo being blown out to sea from Rothesay .

As the lifeboat prepared to launch news that the child was ashore was received.

The lifeboat crew were stood down and a second decontamination procedure of the day undertaken.

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