Two rescued from drifting cruiser by Girvan lifeboat

Girvan lifeboat crew tied alongside the Sea Zest to give them full control of the vessel
Girvan lifeboat crew tied alongside the Sea Zest to give them full control of the vessel

At 11.26am on Saturday 15th October, Girvan volunteer crews’ pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a boat that had lost engine power.

The relief Mersey class all-weather lifeboat 12-27 ‘Pride and Spirit’ was quickly launched and making best speed to the last reported position.

Further information was coming in about the vessel from Ballantrae coastguard who were relaying communications from them to Girvan Lifeboat due to reduced radio signal from loss of power on the casualty vessel, a 30ft motor cruiser ‘Sea Zest’ with two persons on board, which had suffered mechanical issues, resulting in loss of engine and power, with a reported position approx. one mile off the shoreline of Ballantrae and drifting.

Once on scene a lifeboat crew member was placed aboard the ‘Sea Zest’ to ensure everyone was safe and well and a tow line was then established from the lifeboat to the casualty and they proceeded to make for Girvan Harbour with the casualty under tow.

Outside Girvan harbour the tow was then dropped, to allow the lifeboat to tie alongside the ‘Sea Zest’ giving the lifeboat full control of the vessel.

Both boats made their way into the Harbour where the Motor Cruiser was safely moored to the pontoons.

Girvan lifeboat was then washed, refuelled and made ready for the next call.