At 4:41am on Friday 3 September 2021, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Largs Lifeboat, to go to the assistance of a 44ft yacht aground off Rothesay, near to the ferry terminal, with two people on board.
Largs lifeboat made best speed to the yacht’s position and on arrival, the lifeboat crew fully assessed the situation, placing a crew member board the casualty
vessel to check for damage and water ingress.
At some point earlier in the evening a mooring line, to which the casualty vessel had been attached, had parted and the vessel had then drifted ashore.
After also assessing wellbeing of the two persons on board it was decided that the safest way to assist the casualties was to establish a tow taking them and their vessel off the rocks to deeper water where a safe mooring could be re-established.
After successfully removing the vessel and casualties from their precarious position and having completed a further check of the vessels condition the lifeboat was released from service and returned to the station. Covid protocols were carried out and the Lifeboat was made ready for service at 6:45am.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, John Griffiths said:
‘Thankfully, with an alert response from the casualties who were able to recognise the danger they found themselves in, seeking help when they most needed it, this incident was successfully resolved before it escalated further. Accidents at sea are often unavoidable and all of our volunteers have again showed their commitment to saving lives at sea.’
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