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Lifeboat launches to fishing vessel taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.03am on Wednesday 16 August 2017, the volunteer crew of Troon lifeboat were alerted by Belfast Coastguard to a vessel taking on water north of Ardrossan.

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was then launched into moderate to rough seas and was quickly making its way to the scene.

The 11-metre fishing vessel with two persons on board was soon located making its own way towards Ardrossan harbour. Two lifeboat crew members were transferred across with the lifeboats salvage pump to assist the fishing boats crew while the lifeboat remained nearby.

Within Ardrossan Harbour, the fishing vessel was berthed alongside with assistance of the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team and the remaining water cleared from the vessel. With all persons now safe the all-weather lifeboat stood down and returned to Troon where the lifeboat was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414

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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