Largs RNLI Volunteers Launch to Children drifting and shouting for help.

Lifeboats News Release

Saturday 17/7/2021 at 3.45pm. Largs RNLI lifeboat was launched in response to a request from UK Coastguard reporting children drifting off shore close to Innellan on a paddle board shouting for help.

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Library photograph of Largs lifeboat.

As the lifeboat proceeded to the location a shore line search was initiated when UK Coastguard instructed the crew to look closer to the Gantocks.

Meantime another vessel in responding to a Pan Pan call from UK Coastguard picked up 3 children from the paddle board and supplied them with life jackets.

The lifeboat crew transferred the children from the other vessel to the lifeboat where they were checked over, found to be cold but otherwise unharmed, they also said a fourth child had swam ashore to safety, this was confirmed by the Coastguard.

The RNLI lifeboat volunteers landed the children safely ashore in the care of the shore based Coastguard Team.

The lifeboat returned to station and made ready for her next service at 5.30pm.

If you see someone in difficulty on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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