At 11.13pm, on Thursday 10 August 2017, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew after a yacht declared a 'Pan Pan' on VHF Channel 16 near to Ayr Harbour.
The yacht with 2 persons on board had suffered machinery failure whilst on passage from Campbeltown to Ayr and so contacted the Coastguard for assistance. The crew on-board were unsure of their location and so Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team had also been tasked to assist.
The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and soon launched the Trent class all-weather
lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist. The stations D class inshore lifeboat
Telford Shopping Centre was towed by the station land rover to Ayr to be launched closer to the scene.
The lifeboat crew soon located the yacht near to Ayr harbour and the crew of the inshore lifeboat established a tow. The yacht was taken in tow into the harbour where it was secured alongside the pontoons with the assistance of the Ayr Coastguard Team.
With the yacht safely berthed, the inshore lifeboat was recovered and both lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.
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