Saturday Night Launch for Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Largs Lifeboat launched yesterday (Saturday 6 August) just before 11:30pm due to multiple reports of a red flare seen between Inellan and Wemyss Bay over the River Clyde.

Red Flares

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Red Flares

The volunteer crew launched on a Search and Rescue mission.

After making a search for possible craft and persons the Coastguard advised the flare was more likely to have been from land and decided to stand the lifeboat down.

It is important to remember marine distress flares are NOT fireworks, and if used incorrectly can be extremely dangerous.

Largs lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station where it was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service.

Largs Lifeboat Operations Manager John Griffiths said: ‘Any misuse of flares could divert search and rescue assets away from a legitimate emergency.

‘If you see a red flare along the coast, or at sea, you should always dial ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard.’

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