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Largs RNLI launch to 27 foot yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 20 July the volunteer crew at Largs RNLI were paged by UK Coastguard at 1:23pm to assist a yacht which was experiencing mechanical difficulties.

Boat Launch

RNLI/Nick Mailer

Boat Launch
UK Coastguard requested the launch of Largs RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, R.A. Wilson, to a 27 foot yacht on the west side of Great Cumbrae which had three persons on board.

On arrival at the scene a crew member from Largs RNLI was put on board the yacht to assess the situation. It was found the vessel had no steering, due to the loss of the rudder, so the decision was made to tow it to the nearest safe haven, Largs Yacht Haven.

At Largs Yacht Haven the vessel was handed over into the care of Largs Coastguard Rescue Team.

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

Dave Hewitt, Helm at Largs RNLI, said, ‘Given the recent good weather, there are a lot more people around and on the water
‘Remember to respect the water; always carry a means of calling for help, wear a lifejacket or appropriate buoyancy aid and remember to check both the weather and tide times before setting off.

‘In a coastal emergency, or if you see someone in trouble at sea, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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