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Troon lifeboat launched to aircraft emergency

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.11am on Thursday 18 May 2017, Troon Lifeboat was requested to launch to assist other emergency services after an aircraft declared an inflight emergency.

Due to the coastal location of Prestwick airport, Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) were alerted to the incident on board the inbound aircraft so immediately tasked the all-weather lifeboat along with the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams to assist.

The volunteer crew assembled at the station and the Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat launched taking up a position near the airport.

Shortly after arriving at this location, confirmation came through from Belfast Coastguard that the aircraft had landed safely.

With this information, the lifeboat returned to Troon and was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

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

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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