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Saturday lunchtime shout for Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Largs RNLI were requested to assist a 44 foot yacht on Saturday 14 October 2023.

Largs lifeboat launching

RNLI/Andrew Malone

Largs lifeboat launching

The pagers of the volunteer crew at Largs RNLI sounded just before 1pm on Saturday 14 October. Lunch plans for many were abandoned as the crew rushed to the lifeboat station in response.

HM Coastguard requested the launch of Largs lifeboat in response to a request for assistance from the crew of a 44 foot yacht aground near Hunterston Power Station.

Largs lifeboat made best speed to the location given by HM Coastguard and found the yacht with eight crew onboard was just afloat. A volunteer crew member from Largs RNLI boarded the yacht to assist in checking for water ingress.

With no obvious signs of any damage and the casualty vessel now fully afloat, the yacht was then able to return under its own power to Largs Yacht Haven to be fully inspected.

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

Largs lifeboat volunteer helm, Dave Stevens, said; ‘We would like to remind people to check weather and tide times before venturing out on the water and always check local signage and navigation charts for hidden dangers and hazards.

‘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.’

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