Early evening call out for Largs RNLI to yacht aground

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 14 April 2022, Largs volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch to assist a yacht aground within Millport Bay, Isle of Cumbrae.

On arrival at the lifeboat station the volunteer crew were advised they were to make best speed to Millport Bay, Isle of Cumbrae, to assist a 29 foot yacht with three persons on board aground on one of the small Islands.

The crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat, R A Wilson and made best speed to the yacht's last provided position. Shortly before arrival the crew were advised that the yacht had managed to free itself and had motored to a temporary mooring buoy in the bay. Largs volunteer crew were requested to still proceed and provide any required assistance.

Once on scene a crew member from the lifeboat boarded the yacht and checked all visible areas for any damage or water ingress.

Whilst the inspection was taking place the lifeboat helm advised the owner that as the buoy they were moored too was temporary, it would be best if possible, the yacht motored to Largs Yacht Haven as they would be safer in there overnight. The owner agreed this was the safest option.

With this the yacht was escorted under its own power by the lifeboat to Largs Yacht Haven where it was met by members of Largs Coastguard Rescue team who were out on a training exercise and offered assistance to moor the vessel alongside a pontoon.

With the vessel now moored safely alongside and after grateful thanks from the owner and the other two occupants, the lifeboat was released from service and returned to station where it was refuelled and made ready for the next service call.

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