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Largs RNLI launch after 999 call

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer RNLI crew at Largs lifeboat station were paged shortly after 10pm, on Thursday 3 August 2023 after HM Coastguard received a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who was watching a person on a small dinghy trying to board a yacht at the moorings in Largs Bay.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat R A Wilson

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Atlantic 85 lifeboat R A Wilson
The volunteer crew that had assembled at the station quickly launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat ‘R A Wilson’ and made best speed to the location.

After a short passage, the volunteer crew were alongside the tender where after discussing with the occupant, found that earlier in the evening whilst he was trying to moor his yacht the engine had failed. He had managed to tie on to the back of another yacht saving his yacht from going aground but was not happy leaving it like that.

Due to the sea conditions on scene and the forecast of worsening weather Largs Lifeboat volunteer helm Gordon Kennedy decided the safest option would be to take the yacht under tow to the safety of Largs Yacht Haven.

After rigging the tow, ensuring the yachts owner and his tender were onboard and safe the short passage to the yacht haven commenced.

On arrival at the yacht haven the yacht was moored safely alongside a pontoon. After informing the UK Coastguard all were now safe, the volunteer crew were released from service and returned to station where the Lifeboat was washed down, refuelled, and made ready for its next service call.


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Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]
Martin McNamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

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