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Andrew takes the helm at Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

After passing out as helm on Tuesday 4 July Andrew Malone helmed the lifeboat for his first shout less than a week later.

Largs RNLI Helm - Andrew Malone

RNLI/Nick Mailer

Largs RNLI Helm - Andrew Malone

On Monday 10 July at 11:20pm just as many of the volunteers at Largs RNLI were heading to bed their pagers sounded.

HM Coastguard requested Largs RNLI’s inshore lifeboat ‘R.A.Wilson’ launch in response to a 25 foot boat near to Weymss Bay suffering from engine failure.

At the lifeboat station Andrew took charge as helm of the lifeboat, with three volunteer crew onboard, for the first time launching into the dark night and making best speed to the last known location of the casualty vessel.

On arrival it was established that all three persons onboard were safe and well, however the vessel was unable to make progress.

Andrew made the decision the safest option would be to tow the casualty vessel to the nearest safe haven, Inverkip Marina. One of the volunteer crew from Largs RNLI boarded the casualty vessel and a tow was safely carried out.

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

Andrew said: ‘On July 4 2023 I qualified as a helm, following five years as part of the RNLI crew. It’s a role I feel comfortable in, due to the training I’ve received, it was absolutely incredible.

‘It was nice to be able to put my training into action for the first time, and I felt supported by the rest of the volunteer crew while doing so.

‘If you get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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