Girvan lifeboat called out in stormy weather

Girvan RNLI assist fishing vessel
Girvan RNLI assist fishing vessel

A day after their 150th birthday the Girvan lifeboat was called out last Wednesday to help a stricken vessel amid dreadful weather conditions.

The call to launch the Girvan lifeboat came from the Belfast Coastguard at 2.05pm on Wednesday 14th January and the volunteer crew, led by deputy coxswain Gary McGarvie made their way north to help the vessel MFV Spes Bona.

The vessel was approximately 1.5 miles west of Turnberry and it’s fishing equipment had become entangled in its propeller.

The Troon lifeboat was also in attendance to assist the Girvan crew.

Conditions worsened upon arriving at the call out point as the Girvan lifeboat established a tow line to the vessel and then the fishing net was cut away.

It was decided that due to the conditions and the fact the vessel was 15m, that it would be towed back to Troon harbour.

Near the Heads of Ayr, the tow was transferred to the Troon lifeboat, with the Girvan Sylvia Burrell boat relocating to the stern of the fishing vessel, allowing the Girvan lifeboat to be used as a drogue which gave the lifeboats better control of the vessel.

At 6.30pm both lifeboats arrived safely at Troon harbour where the vessel was securely berthed.

With the weather getting worse on the night, the Girvan crew headed back into the storm on their return journey arriving at the Girvan station at 9.30pm where the boat was cleaned and refuelled.