Largs RNLI launch to yacht aground on Brigurd Spit

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Largs RNLI were tasked to reports of a 18 foot yacht with two persons on board aground on Brigurd Spit.

The all-weather lifeboat from Troon (left) and the inshore lifeboat from Largs (right) launched to the yacht with two persons onboard.

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The all-weather lifeboat from Troon (left) and the inshore lifeboat from Largs (right) launched to the yacht with two persons onboard.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew were met with Westerly force five winds and breaking seas. After making two unsuccessful attempts to access the yacht, the helm aboard the Largs lifeboat contacted the UK Coastguard to ask for assistance from Troon RNLI who have a smaller vessel aboard their all-weather lifeboat. .

The team from Troon were soon on scene and deployed their XP to assist.

Once the XP boat reached the yachts position, it was established that the best course of action was to transfer the two persons from the yacht and to anchor and recover at a later time.

The XP boat took the yacht crew to the safety of the Troon all-weather lifeboat. With the yacht secured, the yachts crew were then taken to Largs Yacht Haven to the waiting coastguard team and both lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.

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