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Largs RNLI diverted from exercise

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 17 September 2023 the volunteers at Largs lifeboat were diverted from their planned training exercise to assist a vessel with three people on board.

Tractor launching Largs lifeboat

RNLI/Claire McRae

Tractor launching Largs lifeboat

HM Coastguard requested Largs lifeboat be diverted to search for, and assist, a vessel reported to be in difficulty somewhere between Inverkip Marina and Colintraive. The casualty vessel had no VHF equipment on board and were relying on the use of mobile phones.

Largs RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘R A Wilson’ was quickly on the scene and began a search of the area given.

The casualty vessel was located off Ardyne point where the crew of the lifeboat were able to quickly establish all three people aboard the vessel were safe and well. The boat had been suffering from a steering cable issue which they were able to resolve themselves and get back underway.

The lifeboat escorted the casualty vessel towards Inverkip Marina where they were met by another vessel who escorted them back into the marina.

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

Largs lifeboat volunteer helm, Angus Fergusson, said; ‘It is important to keep engines well-maintained and to regularly check equipment is fully functional.

‘Always carry a means of communication such as a VHF radio or mobile phone in a waterproof pouch and let someone know where you are going and when you are due back.

‘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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