Troon and Arran lifeboat crews escort yacht after Pan Pan radio call

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.57pm on Tuesday 18th July 2017, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat to assist Arran lifeboat on a callout near Pladda to the south of Arran.

The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat ‘RNLB Jim Moffat’ to assist Arran inshore lifeboat ‘Rachel Hedderwick’.

Belfast Coastguard had earlier tasked Arran lifeboat after a Pan Pan radio call from a 34ft yacht which had suffered engine failure near to Pladda.

On reaching the scene, the crew had managed to re-start the engine but there were some concerns about the mechanical failure reoccurring. Due to this, Arran lifeboat was escorting the yacht but as the yacht was heading to Troon, the all-weather lifeboat was launched to assist.

About 10.30pm, in a position approximately 10 nautical miles south west off Troon, the all-weather lifeboat met with Arran lifeboat and the yacht. With the all-weather lifeboat now on scene, Arran lifeboat stood down and returned to station.

Shortly after midnight, Troon lifeboat and the casualty yacht returned safely to Troon harbour. The yacht then berthed in the marina and the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat berth where it was refuelled and made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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