Largs RNLI save two paddleboards blown out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

Two teenage paddleboarders were rescued by Largs RNLI after being blown out to sea in strong easterly winds.

Largs RNLI volunteer crew were tasked at 1.08pm on 2 March 2022, after the UK Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from concerned members of the public who watched on as two paddleboards were blown out to sea in strong Easterly winds in Ardneil Bay near Portencross.

After a short passage through challenging conditions, the lifeboat located the first paddleboarder with the help of the Coastguard rescue Helicopter based at Prestwick. As the lifeboat approached, the crew were quickly directed to his companion, who was now in the water a short distance away, holding on to the paddleboard after it had flipped in the wind.

Both were quickly pulled to safety and taken ashore by the volunteer crew and passed into the care of the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team. With both paddleboarders safely ashore, the charity’s lifeboat was released from service and returned to station where it was made ready for the next service call.

Commenting on the rescue, Largs RNLI Helm, Dave Stevens, said: ‘I would like to extend my thanks to those who dialled 999 and alerted us to the incident. If you are going out on paddleboards, it is always advisable to ensure you have full awareness of the wind and weather conditions before you go. The swift actions of our volunteers meant that this was a successful outcome. The two were very lucky that people were able to alert the emergency services.’

Paddleboarder clinging to the board as the lifeboat approaches

Largs RNLI

Largs RNLI rescue two paddleboarders blown out to sea

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