Lifeboat launched to speedboat in difficulty

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Speedboat out of fuel drifting towards the rocks rescued by lifeboat

Casualty speedboat under tow back to Girvan

RNLI/Gary Mcgarvie

Casualty speedboat under tow back to Girvan

At 21:23 tonight, Wednesday 30th June, Girvan Lifeboats volunteer crew were paged to go to the aid of a small speedboat with 4 persons aboard that had ran out of fuel and lost power which left it in danger of going onto the rocks near Turnberry point.

Our all-weather lifeboat was soon launched and making best speed North, in the calm evening conditions the lifeboat was soon on scene, and with the state of tide towing the casualty vessel into Maidens Harbour was not an option, so the decision was made to tow the vessel back to Girvan harbour.

With all occupants safe and well the Lifeboat set off back toward Girvan with the speedboat in tow arriving back safely in Girvan Harbour at 22:42.
The casualty vessel was then berthed safely with the assistance of Girvan Coastguard Rescue Team, Girvan Lifeboat was then readied for the next service call.

If out at sea whether on a boat, kayak, SUP or by any other means always ensure you have a way of calling for help if required, whether this is a VHF radio, personal locator beacon or mobile phone, additionally if you believe someone to be in trouble at sea or on our coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard right away.

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