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Largs RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched to yacht following a Mayday call

Lifeguards News Release

10m yacht with 4 persons on board sends Mayday alert after running aground in Millport Bay, Isle of Cumbrae.

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Largs inshore Lifeboat R A Wilson
Largs volunteer crew were paged to an immediate launch after the UK Coastguard received a Mayday distress at approximately 9am Sunday 25 September.

On arrival at the boathouse, the crew promptly launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat R A Wilson and made best speed to the casualty's position.

Once on the scene, it was found that another nearby vessel had managed to free the yacht from one of the small islands in Millport bay.

After checking with the yacht's occupants and finding that there were no injuries on board or damage to the casualty vessel, the lifeboat crew were released from service and returned to the boathouse where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for the next service.

Following this call out, Lifeboat Helm, Dave Stevens, said: 'With the owner of the yacht broadcasting a Mayday distress call, all vessels in close vicinity were alerted to their distress, which allowed a nearby yacht that was passing to provide valuable assistance freeing the yacht and allowing them to return to their home marina.'

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Notes to editors

ยท Largs lifeboat station has been operating since 1964. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/largs-lifeboat-station

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