RNLI Volunteers Assist Two People After Motorboat Engine Fails

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.35 pm on Wednesday 28 July, the volunteer crew launched Largs lifeboat to locate and assist two people after the engine on their motorboat failed leaving them adrift in open water North of Largs.

The casualties were quickly located having passed their location to the lifeboat crew and on arrival it was established that no repairs were possible at sea. As the drifting vessel had no other means of propulsion it was decided that the safest option was to tow the boat to Largs Yacht Haven.

Referring to the incident, lifeboat volunteer, Brian Rankin said,

“Having a means of calling for help and being able to provide your position is hugely important when things go wrong on the water. Thankfully these sailors were experienced and took the correct action in calling for help as soon as a problem arose. If you get into difficulty at sea having an emergency action plan and requesting assistance early can make all the difference towards a positive outcome to your predicament.”

On arrival at the Yacht Haven the lifeboat volunteers were assisted by Largs Coastguard in berthing the vessel.

With the vessel her two crew safely ashore the lifeboat returned to station to be refuelled and made ready for continued service.

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