Largs Lifeboat Volunteers Assist Three People on Motorboat with Engine Failure.

Lifeboats News Release

UK Coastguard requested the launch of the lifeboat at 6.18pm on Wednesday, 1 September, to assess the situation after receiving a report that three people on board a six metre motorboat were adrift midway between Largs and Great Cumbrae after their boat suffered engine failure.

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Largs volunteer approach the casualty.
Due to the position of the vessel, the lifeboat was on-scene in a matter of minutes and a crew member was placed on board to assess whether the vessels engines could be restarted.

Unfortunately the engine could not be started and considering the proximity to other vessels in a busy stretch of water the lifeboat helm decided that undertaking a tow to nearby Largs Yacht Haven was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

On arrival at Largs Yacht Haven, the lifeboat crew and casualties were met by members of the Largs Coastguard Rescue Team who assisted in mooring the vessel safely alongside. With the three people safely ashore the lifeboat was released from service and returned to station where it was made ready for the next service call.

Largs Lifeboat Helm, Dave Linton said:

‘Even when properly serviced and maintained, any engine can fail without notice. Carrying a well maintained auxiliary engine, and having it ready to use will help get you to safety in an emergency.’

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