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Largs RNLI Called to Assist Person in the Water After Falling from Dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Largs lifeboat volunteers were requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 3.05 pm, Monday 31 August after a 999 call was received from a member of the public reporting one, or possibly two, people in the water near the Ferry Terminal at Wemyss Bay.

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Largs A85 lifeboat (library image)

The Lifeboat crew launched and made best speed to the location, where on arrival it was found that a single person had managed to make it to shore unaided after falling from an inflatable dinghy.

On-shore coastguard rescue teams met with the person and confirmed that they did not need any medical assistance.

On receiving this information the Lifeboat crew were released from service and returned to station, where following Covid Protocols the Lifeboat was made ready for service.

John Griffiths, Largs Lifeboat Operations Manager said,

‘Thankfully the prompt actions of the members of the public dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard enabled a swift response by the lifeboat crew and coastguard rescue teams.’

‘I would also like to remind members of the public that although the weather may be warm, the water temperature is still cold enough to cause cold water shock. If you find yourself in difficulty in cold water, lie on your back with legs and arms spread out like a star fish. This will give you time catch your breath and calm down, allowing you to shout for help.’

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