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Largs RNLI launch to 28ft. cabin cruiser aground close to rocks in shallow water

Lifeboats News Release

Largs volunteer lifeboat crew launched shortly after 2pm on Saturday (5 June) in response to a report of a 28ft. cabin cruiser with three persons on board in difficulty.

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Nigel Millard

Stock image of Largs RNLI
The vessel suffered engine failure and was situated in Kames Bay, Isle of Bute, after leaving Inverkip Marina earlier in the day.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew concluded as the vessel was found to be in shallow water it would not be possible to re-float it until the next high tide. The occupants did make use of an anchor, however it did not hold, they were assisted ashore by the Coastguard Rescue team.

The RNLI lifeboat returned to station to be made ready for her next service.

At 5.40pm.on the same day, RNLI volunteers were requested to launch once again to the same vessel.

As he observed the vessel beginning to float and being pushed against the rocks, the skipper dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard who in turn alerted and requested the assistance of RNLI lifeboat volunteers.

Following a careful assessment of the situation the RNLI helm decided the safest option was to tow the casualty clear of the rocks and on to the nearest safe haven, in this case, Port Bannatyne also on the Isle of Bute.

On completion the Lifeboat returned to station at 8.00pm.where the boat and the crew undergo extensive de-contamination procedures.

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