Troon Lifeboat assists yacht in Irvine Bay
At 5.25pm on Tuesday 13 June 2017, Belfast Coastguard contacted the Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) requesting the launch of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats to assist a 26ft yacht with engine problems in Irvine Bay.
The launch was agreed and the crew pagers were then activated. The volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station where Trent Class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was launched to the scene.
The yacht with two persons on board was soon located and a tow was established back to Troon.
On arrival at the harbour, D class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre was launched and took over the tow from the all-weather lifeboat. The yacht was then taken into Troon Yacht Haven where it was berthed with the assistance of Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.
Both lifeboats then returned to station and were made ready for service with assistance from the shore crew.
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