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Girvan Lifeboat speeds to grounded pleasure boat

Lifeboats News Release

Grounded pleasure boat sparks rescue callout for Girvan RNLI

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Casualty vessel beached

Tuesday 12th July 2022 at 20:04 Girvan lifeboats volunteer crew were paged to a small pleasure boat with 3 persons on board that had lost power and was about to run aground close to the shore at Girvan.

Our volunteer crew quickly assembled and made best speed to the scene, due to the location and the rock formations and depth, we could only get our lifeboat so close to the casualty vessel.

Girvan Coastguard Rescue team were on scene and we quickly sent 2 crew across in our inflatable boat to the vessel and to liaise with the CRT, with the underground rock formations and tidal current being problematic for our crew to take the tow rope to the vessel, we deployed our rocket line to shoot the tow rope to the opposite side of the vessel where it would not be affected by the rock formations or tide as much.

While this was happening Girvan CRT and our crew on shore used our small inflatable to remove two persons from the casualty boat and take them ashore, one stayed aboard with our crew members.

The tow rope was soon attached and the vessel pulled to deeper water and the tow line shortened to a more manageable length, we soon after had the vessel alongside the lifeboat and on our way back into Girvan Harbour, where it was safely berthed. Girvan Lifeboat was made ready for the next service call and our crew stood down around 10:30pm Our thanks to Girvan CRT for their assistance on this shout.

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Rescue crews with vessel

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Vessel under tow

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