Drifting Dinghies Spark Immediate Launch for Largs RNLI Volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of Tuesday 29 June 2021 at 7.25 pm, Largs volunteer lifeboat crew launched in response to a request from UK Coastguard to attend to two small inflatable dinghies adrift within Millport Bay, Isle of Cumbrae.

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Largs lifeboat launching (Library Image)

As the lifeboat arrived on scene the casualties had already been picked up by a passing yacht, one adult and four children were provided with casualty life jackets and transferred to the lifeboat before being safely landed ashore at Millport.

Thereafter the Lifeboat, R A Wilson, returned to station at 8.45 pm where the boat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for continued service.

A spokesperson for Largs RNLI, said of yesterday’s incident:

‘This incident offers an important reminder of the dangers of using small inflatable dinghies and other inflatable toys at the sea side, such activity can be very dangerous. It is very easy for even a light wind to blow you off-shore, these boats can easily fill with water, and it is very easy to succumb to cold and hypothermia where the chances of survival grow slimmer minute by minute. The associated risk in all of these circumstances are magnified when not wearing a life jacket or buoyancy aid.’

‘In this case the casualties were very lucky and our thanks go to the observant yachtsman who initially came to their aid. Inflatable toys are not suitable for the sea and their use should be restricted to a garden paddling pool, and even then under constant supervision.’

Largs RNLI water safety team regularly carry out life jacket safety tests at which time the team are available to pass on any other water safety advice.

If you see some one, or find yourself in difficulty on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Largs lifeboat launching (Library Image)

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Largs lifeboat launching (Library Image)

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