Fishing vessel in difficulty sparks callout for Girvan Lifeboat

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Fishing boat with no power calls on RNLI for help

Girvan Lifeboat heading to scene

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Girvan Lifeboat heading to scene

At 08:48 today Monday 27th June, Girvan Lifeboats volunteer crew were paged by UK Coastguard Operations Centre at Belfast.

Tasked to a fishing vessel that had lost power in a freshening wind, our crew quickly assembled at the station to be briefed and change into their protective all-weather gear, Our all-weather Shannon Class lifeboat 'Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan' was soon making best speed out of the harbour and North towards the casualty vessel.

Once on scene the situation was assessed by our Coxwain, the decision was made to bring the vessel back under tow to Girvan Harbour.

At 09:21 Girvan lifeboat had the vessel safely back in port and handed over to Girvan Coastguard Rescue team, our volunteer crew then prepared the lifeboat for the next service call, stood down and returned to their day jobs.

If you see or hear of anyone in difficulty at sea or on the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, its also imperative to have the correct safety gear and the appropriate means of calling for help if heading out to sea by whatever means.

In this instance the 2 fishermen onboard had all the correct safety gear, had a means of summoning assistance and the lifeboat was on scene within 10 minutes of calling for help.

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Casualty vessel under tow

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Casualty vessel under tow

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