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Girvan lifeboat launches to grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

2nd callout for Girvan's Shannon lifeboat

Girvan lifeboat assessing the situation

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Lifeboat Surveys grounded yacht

At 17:06 Tuesday 12th June, Girvan lifeboats volunteer crew were paged and Girvan Lifeboat was requested for immediate launch.

On arrival at the station Information received was a yacht had ran aground on entering Girvan, the yacht had became stuck fast on the sand bar at the entrance to Girvan at the pier end, this coincided with low tide.

Lifeboat 13-23 RNLB Elizabeth and Gertrude Allan launched and made her way to the casualty vessel, and a tow line was quickly attached.

The lifeboat proceeded to tow the yacht off the sand bar and into deeper water, where the yacht will remain until there is sufficient water to safely enter the channel into the harbour.

Girvan Lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for the next service call.

Girvan Lifeboat towing the yacht off the sand bar into the safety of deeper water.

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

Towing to safety

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