Last Saturday was open day at the Girvan Lifeboat station and it proved a busy day for the crew members who turned up early to prepare.
Shortly after 10am. a coach from Belfast taking the Glentoran boys football team to play Rangers boys team at Murray Park broke down right outside the lifeboat station.
Apparently a connection to the hose forming part of the air brakes had come adrift which automatically puts the brakes on.
The police arrived to sort out the traffic build up and fortunately the RNLI in the form of Coxswain/mechanic Robert McMaster and crew members were able to sort out the problem allowing the coach of young footballers to proceed to Murray Park.
The boys were not deterred as in the hour it took to fix the problem they enjoyed ice cream from the ice cream parlour at the harbour.
However that was not the end of the calls upon the lifeboat crew that day, as in the midst of showing visitors around the station and lifeboat at approximately 3pm the coastguard requested the lifeboat be launched to rescue two people off Turnberry in a small motor cruiser with engine failure.
However by the time the lifeboat reached the scene a boat from Maidens had towed the stricken vessel in to Maidens harbour.
This of course all falls within the remit of the RNLI, and crew members are on standby 24/7 to come to the aid of all those in difficulties at sea, however it must be the first time they have been called upon to assist a coach load of footballers!