Largs RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht with 3 persons onboard off Inverkip

Lifeboats News Release

At 8:18pm on Sunday 18 September 2022, the duty deputy launching authority of Largs RNLI Lifeboat Station received a call from UK Coastguard asking for the lifeboat to launch to assist a yacht off Inverkip Marina.

A night time shot of the front of the Inshore Lifeboat on its carriage being hosed down after a successful call out.

RNLI/Dave Hewitt

Largs Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat beis=ng washed down after a successfull call out.

On arriving at the lifeboat station, the volunteer crew were advised that the yacht had suffered engine failure and was trying to sail into Inverkip Marina but was struggling due to the state of tide and lack of wind.

The crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat, R A Wilson and made best speed to the yacht’s last provided position. After a short passage the crew arrived on-scene.

After talking to the skipper of the yacht, it was agreed the best plan was to take the yacht under tow into Inverkip Marina. With this information passed to the UK Coastguard, a volunteer crewmember went aboard the yacht to assist the owner in getting his sails down and setting up a tow.

On arrival at Inverkip Marina, the yacht was met by members of Greenock Coastguard Rescue team and secured safely alongside one of the pontoons.

After stowing all lines, the lifeboat helm advised the UK Coastguard that the lifeboat was returning to station. On arrival back at the lifeboat station, the crew refuelled and washed down the lifeboat and made ready for the next Service call.

Following this call out, Lifeboat Operations Manager, John Griffiths, said: 'The owner of the yacht alerting the coastguard as soon as he had realised there was an issue with his engine allowed a swift response from our volunteer crew and made this service call a simple one.’

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