Girl rescued after being swept out to sea in inflatable toy

The Arran and Campbeltown liftboats engaged in the rescue off Blackwaterfoot with the rescue helicopter. Photo Neil Arthur

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A girl in an inflatable dingy had to be rescued by a lifeboat after being swept out to see last weekend.

The dangerous situation unfolded after a 999 call was received by the coastguard just before 1.30pm on Saturday April 24 reporting a child being swept out to sea on an inflatable toy.

Arran Lifeboat’s  volunteer crew’s pagers sounded at 1.55pm on Saturday and the crew assembled in Lamlash covering the 19 miles to Blackwaterfoot in a little over 30 minutes.


Campbeltown Lifeboat and Rescue 199 coastguard helicopter had also been tasked and the Campbeltown Lifeboat had taken the girl aboard safely.

The Arran crew then transferred the girl and inflatable dingy back to shore where they were taken into the care of the Arran coastguard. The crew returned to Lamlash and the lifeboat was made ready for service again.

An Arran RNLI spokeswoman said: ‘With lockdown rules beginning to lift, and hopefully some fair weather ahead, I’m sure many of you will be planning a trip to one of our beautiful  beaches – we’re spoiled for choice here on Arran!

‘Given our island home, it’s to be expected that many of us enjoy leisure activities on our seas and around our coastline.


‘The RNLI has a whole range of advice and guidance on staying safe at sea, from sailing to paddle boarding and everything in between. You can find out more at rnli.org.uk/safety’

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman added: ‘Please remember that inflatable boats and toys can be great fun in the swimming pool but are not recommended for use at the seaside as they can easily be blown out to sea.

‘If people do find themselves being swept out to sea, stay with the boat or toy and shout for help, waving arms if possible. If you see someone in difficulty at the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

 

The Arran and Campbeltown lifeboats engaged in the rescue off Blackwaterfoot with the rescue helicopter. Photo Neil Arthur NO_B18rescue01