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Largs RNLI paged to boat aground

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Largs RNLI were requested by HM Coastguard on Sunday 15 October 2023 to attend a boat aground near Hunterston Power Station.

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RNLI/Nick Mailer

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Largs lifeboat R.A. Wilson was launched at 4pm on Sunday 15 October in response to a tasking from HM Coastguard to a motorboat with two people onboard, which had run aground near Hunterston Power Station, in a similar location to the vessel assisted on Saturday.

The volunteer crew made best speed to the location of the casualty vessel. On arrival it was quickly established that towing was not an option. The vessel was too well grounded and had sustained damage to the starboard engine.

The Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene and were able to walk out to the casualty vessel and speak with the crew.

Largs lifeboat was then stood down by HM Coastguard. As the lifeboat was leaving the scene, they diverted to another vessel speeding towards the same location, to give advice on the local conditions.

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

Volunteer helm, Brian Rankin, said; ‘To be called out to the same location in such a short period of time is a concern. Again we would like to take this opportunity to remind people to check weather and tide times before venturing out on the water, and the importance of checking 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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Brian Rankin, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07810862468, [email protected]

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RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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