Back to back shouts for Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

It was a busy Saturday afternoon for the volunteer crew at Largs lifeboat as it launched twice in quick succession.

Largs lifeboat launch

RNLI/Claire McRae

Largs lifeboat launch
For the Largs RNLI volunteer crew, Saturday afternoon plans were interrupted when their pagers sounded at 3pm on 3 September, in response to a tasking from UK Coastguard reporting a person in the water near to Anthony Road, Largs.

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat at Largs RNLI was quickly launched and made best speed to the location, where on arrival they found the person had already left the water. Two of the Largs lifeboat crew made their way ashore to speak with the person, who was returning to their car.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Largs and Ardrossan were also in attendance and joined the lifeboat crew in speaking to the reported casualty, where it was established they did not require any assistance.

Having confirmed the safety of the person, and establishing the report was a false alarm with good intent, Largs lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station where it was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service.

During the cleaning process a member of the public approached the shore crew reporting a kayak which may have been in difficulty at the North end of Largs. The Lifeboat Operations Manager contacted UK Coastguard and the decision was taken to immediately launch the lifeboat to investigate this report.

A shoreline search was conducted by Largs lifeboat and the kayak was located on the shore. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Largs and Ardrossan were also on scene and were able to locate the owner and confirm no one was in difficulty.

At this point, for the second time in the afternoon, Largs lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station where it was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service.

As the Largs Viking Festival was in full swing there was quite the crowd watching the volunteers launch and recover the lifeboat, with many asking questions and excited to see both the lifeboat and the tractor in operation.

During the clean down process, a member of the volunteer crew was able to bring a smile back to the face of a young boy by ‘rescuing’ a football from the water next to the lifeboat station, and explained to the young owner the potential dangers of entering the water to retrieve it.

John Griffiths, Lifeboat Operations Manager said; ‘On this occasion it appears both of these incidents were false alarms with good intent. Those reporting these incidents did the correct thing in reporting what they perceived to be someone in difficulty.

‘If you get into difficulty, or see someone at risk or in trouble at the coast or in the sea, you should always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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