Concerned onlooker raises the alarm to Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Largs RNLI lifeboat launched to the aid of a small vessel after a concerned onlooker flagged the need for help to the RNLI.

Largs RNLI launch to the aid of a small leisure craft after an onlooker spotted them in difficulty.

Ally Dowd

Largs RNLI launch to the aid of a small leisure craft after an onlooker spotted them in difficulty.
Approximately 1.5 miles off the coast of Largs, a small leisure craft had lost power and it's occupants were rowing to safety. With a freshening offshore wind hampering their efforts, a concerned member of the public flagged the need for help to Lifeboat Operations Manager, John Griffiths, who happened to be near the lifeboat station at the time.

John made the call to the UK Coastguard and the volunteer crew were tasked to help.

Commenting on the rescue, John said: 'I thanked the member of the public and advised them that if they see someone in difficulty, to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

The lifeboat aided the vessel ashore and was refuelled and made ready for service.

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