Largs RNLI launch to concern for paddleboarder.

Lifeboats News Release

At 10:22am on Saturday (30 April) Largs RNLI lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard to a report of a paddleboarder in difficulty.

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Largs RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat R.A. Wilson on Saturday morning after a member of the public reported seeing a paddleboarder in difficulty off the coast at Skelmorlie.

The volunteer crew made their way to the reported location of the paddleboarder, where they found all was well and their assistance was not needed.

The paddleboarder was wearing appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment, and was also carrying a mobile phone. The lifeboat crew confirmed the paddleboarder was ok and not in need of assistance before leaving them to enjoy the rest of their day.

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

John Knowles, Deputy Launch Authority at Largs RNLI said: ‘This was a false alarm with good intent. We would like to thank the member of the public who did the right thing by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard’.

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