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Thursday evening shout for Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Following reports of a vessel in difficulty volunteers from Largs RNLI launch to assist.

Largs lifeboat launching

RNLI/Claire McRae

Largs lifeboat launching

At 8:20pm on Thursday 17 August the volunteer crew at Largs RNLI were paged to assemble. HM Coastguard had received reports of a vessel having difficulties while attempting to enter Largs Yacht Haven.

The vessel was struggling due to the gusting easterly wind and the vessel’s engine power, so the decision was made to launch Largs lifeboat.

Arriving on scene at around 8:35pm Largs lifeboat was asked to tow the vessel into Largs Yacht Haven as there was no other help available.

This was a routine tow without any issues, the casualty vessel was left at the fuel berth inside the Yacht Haven.

Largs lifeboat then returned to the lifeboat station where it was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service.

Largs lifeboat volunteer helm, Dave Hewitt said: ‘If you get into difficulty at sea or along the coast, or spot someone else in trouble, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

'Early actions, such as those taken today, can help prevent a situation from becoming more serious.’

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

Claire McRae, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07738681546, [email protected]

Brian Rankin, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07810862468, [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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