Girvan Lifeboat launches to stricken vessel

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Vessel with engine failure in mayday request.

Stricken vessel under tow by Girvan Lifeboat

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Stricken vessel under tow by Girvan Lifeboat

At 15:05 today Monday 19th Sept, Girvan's all-weather Lifeboat was requested for immediate launch to a reported fishing vessel with 2 persons onboard that had mechanical problems and lost power approx 2.5miles NW of the rocky coastline at Turnberry.

Our volunteer crew were soon at the station after being paged and our Shannon Class Lifeboat 'Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan' was soon leaving the port of Girvan and making best speed North.

Once on scene and the situation was assessed, the best course of action was to take the stricken vessel under tow back to it's intended destination of Girvan.

Nearing Girvan, the stern tow line was slipped and the casualty vessel moved into an alongside tow, this allows the lifeboat complete control of the casualty vessel and allows us to put it exactly where we want it.

As the casualty vessel was due to have work completed by the boatyard, the casualty vessel was safely moored at the North side of the harbour, where it will have repairs completed along with its planned works.

Girvan lifeboat was re-berthed at 17:20 and made ready for our next service call.

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