Largs lifeboat volunteers tasked to a person in the water.

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Lone Sailor attempts to retrieve his inflatable dinghy

Lifeboat at speed

RNLI/Alasdair Woods

Largs Lifeboat R A Wilson
On the Morning of Monday 22/06/20 at 8.42 am. UK Coastguard requested Largs lifeboat to launch to the aid of a man who was seen swimming out to sea in an effort to retrieve his yellow inflatable dinghy which had blown off - shore prior to him rowing out to his yacht which was on a mooring in Cairnie's Quay Largs.
A few minutes later at 8.50am. the man, was very cold, wearing only shorts and a T- shirt had been in the water for some 10 minutes had come back on shore, therefore the lifeboat was stood down.
Meantime the Yellow inflatable ha been blown well out to sea and was, with the use of her loading ramp picked up by the local Cal-Mac car ferry Loch Shira.
UK Coastguard again invited the lifeboat to put to sea and recover the dinghy back to Largs Yacht Haven. the yachtsman, who was keen to return to his vessel in order to batten down hatches and tidy up his craft. was very cold and advised not to return to his vessel.
Before returning to the Marina the lifeboat crew went alongside the vessel and carried out the said tasks on his behalf.

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