Troon lifeboats launch to person in the water near Ayr

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.46am on Tuesday 29 August 2017, Belfast Coastguard paged for the immediate launch of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats after reports of a person in the water at Craig Tara Holiday Park, south of Ayr.

The volunteer crew left the comfort of their beds and launched Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre to assist. Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard were Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams along with the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick.

Shortly after arriving on scene, the helicopter crew confirmed the casualty was out of the water in the care of the teams on the shore so the lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.

On arrival back at Troon, the lifeboats were made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

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