Two rescued by Largs RNLI Volunteers on New Years Eve

Lifeboats News Release

Two young men in an inflatable dinghy were lucky to be spotted

Robert C Campbell CRT

On the afternoon of Thursday 31 December, New Year's Eve Largs Lifeboat Volunteers launched in response to a report of two young men in an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea by the North East Wind.

On shore at Portencross an observer, luckily spotted the two young men waving for help and called the Coastguard for assistance.

As the RNLI lifeboat approached the scene the two young men were very relived to see them.
The pair had set off from the mainland in the inflatable dinghy complete with an electric outboard motor with the intention of sailing to Little Cumbrae Island for a walk, however their quest came to an end when the electric outboard became detached from the dinghy and was lost overboard, their brave efforts using paddles proved too difficult as the wind was taking them further out to sea.

The lifeboat transferred the two men complete with their dinghy and returned them to the safety of the shore where a Coastguard rescue team assisted with the landing.
On completion the Volunteer lifeboat crew returned to station where the boat was, for the last time in 2020 made ready for her next service in 2021

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