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Largs RNLI volunteers rescue four people

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 25 September 2023 the volunteers at Largs RNLI rescued four people from a disused pier near Wemyss Bay.

Largs lifeboat launching

RNLI/Claire McRae

Largs lifeboat launching

The pagers of Largs RNLI volunteer crew sounded shortly after 4pm on Monday when HM Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat ‘R.A. Wilson’ to assist an inflatable boat with a puncture located around the disused pier at Inverkip Power Station.

Largs lifeboat launched and made best speed to the location. On arrival they discovered the inflatable boat, which was carrying four passengers, had been travelling around the disused pier when they suffered a puncture.

The four passengers sought refuge on the disused pier which was locked preventing them from getting onto the land. Due to this access way being locked the local Coastguard Rescue Team was also unable to access and assist the four people.

The decision was taken to assist the four into the lifeboat where they were taken safely to Kip Marina, in Inverkip and handed over into the care of the local Coastguard Rescue Team.

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

Largs lifeboat volunteer helm, Andrew Malone, said; ‘We would like to remind people to respect the water; always carry a means for calling for help, wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and remember to check both the weather and tide times before setting off. You should also ensure your watercraft is appropriate for the activity and is well maintained.

‘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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