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.

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