Lifeboat appeal following hoax calls

Holidaymaker Graham Hall sent the Courier this recent photograph of Campbeltown's Severn class lifeboat, Ernest and Mary Shaw, on exercise in Campbeltown Loch.
Holidaymaker Graham Hall sent the Courier this recent photograph of Campbeltown's Severn class lifeboat, Ernest and Mary Shaw, on exercise in Campbeltown Loch.

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Campbeltown lifeboat chiefs are appealing to the community for sense after the station received two hoax calls in as many weeks.

Coxswain David Cox contacted the Courier last week after a second ’emergency’ call sent the station’s crew on a wild goose chase, something he said hadn’t happen for years before these recent incidents.

‘Even when we’re almost certain it’s a hoax call, we still have to go to sea and search because we can’t take any chances,’ he said.

‘We need to highlight the stupidity of doing something like that and the cost involved, not only to the RNLI but others.’

Mr Cox said he planned to meet with Sam Stewart, Campbeltown Grammar School’s acting head teacher, to discuss the issue in the hopes of impressing upon pupils the potentially life-threatening consequences of these actions.

He added that the police had been informed.

‘We could receive a genuine call-out while we’re out investigating the hoax call, so it literally could be putting lives at risk,’ added Mr Cox.

‘We need to make people aware this is happening and urge them to help us nip this behaviour in the bud.’