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Troon inshore lifeboat assists yacht off Ardrossan

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.46pm on Thursday 13th July 2017, Belfast Coastguard were contacted by a 27ft sailing vessel with 2 persons on board that was taking on water in a position approximately 2 nautical miles south of Ardrossan.

Troon inshore lifeboat heading to the position of the sailing yacht in the wake of the all-weather lifeboat

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Troon inshore lifeboat heading to the sailing yacht
Due to this, the crew pagers were immediately activated requesting the launch of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats to the scene.

In poor visibility and rain showers, the volunteer crew launched Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D-Class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre making best speed to the casualty vessel.

After a short passage, the lifeboats approached the casualty vessel and a crew member from the inshore lifeboat was put on board. The reason for the water ingress was established and a temporary fix was put in place by the crew.

With the all-weather lifeboat standing by, the inshore lifeboat established an alongside tow and the sailing vessel was towed to Clyde Marina, Ardrossan where it was met by the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.

With the casualty vessel safely in the marina, the lifeboats stood down, returning to Troon where they were refueled and made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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