At 10.25pm on Saturday 5 May 2018, Belfast Coastguard paged the crew requesting the launch of both lifeboats to a boat aground at Irvine Harbour.
The volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station launching D class inshore lifeboat
Sheena and Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist.
While proceeding Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team had arrived on scene and confirmed they had located the vessel to the south of Irvine harbour entrance.
The inshore lifeboat crew arrived on scene and transferred a crewmember ashore to work alongside coastguard personnel to establish a tow.
Operating in darkness close to the rocky shoreline, the D class crew made several attempts to free the vessel however this proved to be unsuccessful because of the position of the casualty vessel.
Due to this, the vessel was anchored to await the rising tide and the sole crewmember aboard the casualty vessel was transferred ashore to the coastguard team
With the vessel secured, the lifeboat crew were stood down and about 1am the lifeboats returned to station where they were made 'Ready for Service'.
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