Largs lifeboat volunteers respond to Pan Pan call.
In Strong Westerly winds Largs lifeboat volunteers launched to the aid of a 40' yacht
As the lifeboat launched Westerly winds force 6 with rough seas' and a moderate swell was experienced.
Soon after taking to the water, at 11.20 am.the lifeboat crew arrived on scene East of Rothesay Isle of Bute.
A member of the lifeboat crew boarded the yacht to establish the well being of 6 persons on board and assist in making fast a tow line.
Due to the size and weight of the vessel UK Coastguard also requested the assistance of the Troon all weather lifeboat, however , she was stood down shortly after launching.
The yacht was taken in tow to Rothesay Harbour, during the voyage, the lifeboat crew member on board the yacht managed to connect the emergency steering device.
Once the yacht and her crew were safely delivered to Rothesay Harbour the lifeboat returned to station and was ready for further service by at 1.30 pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.