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Robert Burns assists Troon Lifeboat during call out

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.24am on Friday 2 June 2017, just as the volunteer crew settled into their day jobs, their pagers burst into life requesting the launch of the all-weather lifeboat.

The casualty vessel alongside in Troon Marina with Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team

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The casualty vessel alongside in Troon Marina with Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team
Belfast Coastguard had been contacted via 999 after a 34ft vessel with two persons on board had broken down and due to the approximate position given, tasked the lifeboat crew and Ayr coastguard rescue team to assist.

As the crew assembled, information was provided by the casualty that he could see a large Robert Burns painted on a coastal wall and with this information the position of the casualty was confirmed by the lifeboat crew as off Ardeer.

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat soon located the casualty vessel and a tow was established by the crew back to Troon.

After a short passage, the casualty vessel was tied up alongside in Troon Marina with the assistance of the coastguard team.

The lifeboat then returned to station where it was made ready for service and the crew returned to their day jobs.

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.

The casualty vessel under tow to Troon by RNLB Jim Moffat

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The casualty vessel under tow to Troon

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