Largs RNLI launch to 27 foot yacht
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.
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
‘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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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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