Largs RNLI launch to broken down motorboat in Fairlie Bay

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday (April 7) the volunteer crew at Largs RNLI launched in response to a request by UK Coastguard concerning a motorboat without power in Fairlie Bay.

Lifeboat Launching

RNLI/Steven Kemp

Lifeboat Launching

Crew pagers sounded shortly before 10pm for the Atlantic 85 lifeboat to be launched following concerns for a 30 foot motorboat, with four persons on board, without power.

The R.A. Wilson launched into the darkness of the evening, on calm waters with a slight breeze. Best speed was made to the reported location where due to the low tide the motorboat had settled on the sandy bottom and the anchor had been deployed to prevent the vessel from being washed ashore.

Crew from the Largs RNLI lifeboat waded to the casualty vessel where they were welcomed aboard. The lifeboat crew were able to determine that there were no casualties and that the vessel had not been damaged.

As power could not be restored the decision was made to set up a tow, recover the anchor and then tow to the nearest safe location, Largs Yacht Haven.

On arrival at Largs Yacht Haven the Largs RNLI lifeboat crew safely handed over the casualty vessel to the awaiting Largs Coastguard Team. The lifeboat was then released and returned to the boathouse, where Covid protocols were followed, the lifeboat was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service.

Dave Stevens, Helm at Largs RNLI, said: ‘It is important when planning a trip to sea to ensure that you have an appropriate method of communication should you need help, including a handheld VHF radio and a mobile phone. In a coastal emergency you should always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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