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Troon lifeboat launches to ill crew member

Lifeboats News Release

Troon all-weather lifeboat launched yesterday (Wednesday 12 April 2017) to assist a crew member who had taken unwell on board a fishing vessel 5 nautical miles west of Troon Harbour.

At 6.03pm, the volunteer crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard to assist with the urgent medical evacuation (medivac) of the crew member. Due to the nature of the incident also tasked was the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter Rescue 999 and the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat, Trent class all weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat quickly launched and arrived on scene at the same time as the coastguard helicopter.

At the request of the helicopter crew, the casualty was moved by the lifeboat crew from the fishing vessel to the lifeboat where they were given initial Casualty Care and prepared for winching into the helicopter.

The casualty was then winched aboard the helicopter and taken straight to hospital where the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to assist.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for service with the assistance of the shore crew.

No further details are known about the casualty.

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