Largs RNLI attends Vessel on fire

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm. as the lifeboat operations manager and a deputy launching authority were clearing up after a training session they heard on the radio of a vessel on fire.

RNLI/Alasdair Woods

Largs Lifeboat R A Wilson
As the lifeboat operations manager ( LOM )and his deputy launching authority (DLA) were clearing up in the station after a training session, on the VHF radio, channel 16 a vessel reporting sight of another vessel on fire off Inverkip was heard.
On hearing this message the LOM immediately activated the crew pagers which was two minutes later activated again by HM Coastguard.
Largs lifeboat volunteers launched and made best speed to the scene.
On arrival another vessel had taken the crew off the casualty vessel and had them in tow to nearby Inverkip Marina.
It was established the crew of the casualty vessel had extinguished the fire, as the danger was now over, no injuries and all well further assistance from the lifeboat was not required the volunteer crew returned to station at 3.40pm. to be made ready for the next service which involves a lengthy decontamination procedure.

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