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Girvan Lifeboat launched to multiple sightings of distress flares



Within 30 minutes of returning to harbour from our weekly training, At 22:10 Monday 9th April Girvan Lifeboat's volunteer crew were requested to launch by UK Coastguard Operations Centre at Belfast in relation to reported sightings of unusual lights at sea/possible distress flares.Within 30 minutes of returning to harbour from our weekly training, At 22:10 Monday 9th April Girvan Lifeboat's volunteer crew were requested to launch by UK Coastguard Operations Centre at Belfast in relation to reported sightings of unusual lights at sea/possible distress flares.



Girvan's currently on service all-weather lifeboat 12-37 Silvia Burrell was soon on her way out of Girvan Harbour heading for Ailsa Craig.Girvan's currently on service all-weather lifeboat 12-37 Silvia Burrell was soon on her way out of Girvan Harbour heading for Ailsa Craig.Girvan's currently on service all-weather lifeboat 12-37 Silvia Burrell was soon on her way out of Girvan Harbour heading for Ailsa Craig.Girvan's currently on service all-weather lifeboat 12-37 Silvia Burrell was soon on her way out of Girvan Harbour heading for Ailsa Craig.


Also tasked to the search was UK Coastguard SAR helicopter R199 from Prestwick.. a thorough search was carried out by both assets between Girvan & Ailsa Craig and back again with nothing untoward found.


Further Information received coincided with information from the 1st informants and on this occasion was deemed as a false alarm with good intent and on this both the helicopter and ourselves stood down and returned to station.


Girvan Lifeboat arrived back in harbour at 23:35 and made ready for service once again.