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Troon lifeboat assists fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.25am on Thursday 30 March 2017, Troon lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard to assist an 18m fishing vessel with a rope around its propeller.

Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat approaching the fishing vessel


Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat approaching the fishing vessel

The volunteer crew were quickly out of bed and heading to the lifeboat station to launch the Trent class lifeboat Jim Moffat to the fishing vessel in a position six nautical miles south of Troon harbour.

The lifeboat was soon alongside where a tow was established by the crew.

The fishing vessel was then towed to Troon harbour arriving shortly after 8.00am. Once in the confines of the harbour, the vessel was secured alongside by the crew before the lifeboat returned to its berth.

The crew the ensured the lifeboat was made ‘ready for service’ before heading to their day jobs.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon,

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Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

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