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Quacking Event at Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 23 July the volunteer crew at Largs RNLI launched in response to quacking, cheering and laughter coming from the Gogo Burn in Largs.

Ducks in the burn

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Ducks in the burn

A quacking good time was had by all at the much anticipated Largs RNLI Duck Race.

On arrival at the scene crew members from Largs RNLI were deployed into Gogo Burn to safety escort the small yellow competitors as they raced down the burn, avoiding rocks, branches and even real life ducks along the way.

1500 yellow competitors were released into the burn for the big race, with crowds cheering on from the bridges and bankside along the route.

Volunteer crew were also on hand to catch and congratulate the lucky winners as they crossed the finish line. Duck number 945 was the first lucky duck to cross the finish line, followed by duck number 488 in second place and duck 300 swimming into third.

The remaining ducks made their way to the finish line, with stragglers being rescued by the volunteer crew, ensuring that no duck was left behind.

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

Linn Munton, Fundraising Chair at Largs RNLI, said, ‘It was fantastic to see so many people out supporting the Largs RNLI Duck Race.

‘My thanks go to all involved in arranging this quacking event, and to all of those who bought a ticket.

‘As a charity we rely on the donations and support we get from the public, this is what enables us to continue saving lives at sea’.

Ducks starting their swim

RNLI/Claire McRae

Ducks starting their swim
Ducks being tipped into the burn

RNLI/Claire McRae

Duck tip
Ducks racing to the finish

RNLI/Claire McRae

Ducks racing to the finish
Duck catchers at the finish line

RNLI/Claire McRae

Duck catchers at the finish line
Lifeboat standing by

RNLI/Claire McRae

Lifeboat standing by

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