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Yacht towed by Troon inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

About 7.48pm on Saturday 1 April 2017, both lifeboats from Troon were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to a 26ft yacht with machinery problems near to the entrance of Troon harbour.

The volunteer crew made their way to the station launching the Trent class all weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre to assist.

Within minutes of launching the inshore lifeboat was alongside the yacht which was now at anchor in shallow water.

The crew recovered their anchor and the inshore lifeboat crew established a tow back to the harbour.

With the yacht under tow, the all-weather lifeboat was able to return to station. The inshore lifeboat then berthed the yacht in Troon marina with the assistance of Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team​.

With the yacht safely in the marina, the inshore lifeboat then returned to station where it was recovered and both lifeboats were made 'ready for service' with the help of the shore crew.

RNLI media contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414 or

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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