Friday, 16 August 2013

Drifting yacht rescued off Ardrossan

Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team was called out shortly before 3:00am on Friday (August 9) after reports a yacht had broken down and was drifting near to Ardrossan.

The 24ft yacht, with two people onboard, had suffered an engine failure while attempting to reach the harbour.  Onboard batteries had also failed, meaning there was no power to any of the yacht's electronics.

The yacht skipper used his mobile phone to call for help, passing his location to the Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Belfast from a handheld GPS device.  The facility in Belfast is now responsible for Clyde waters after the UK Government closed the Maritime Rescue Centre in Greenock last December.

Troon all-weather Lifeboat was launched to assist the stricken yacht, while two crew members from the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team attended to help bring the vessel alongside at Ardrossan Marina.

Coastguard personnel were stood-down at 4:30am.

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