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Troon lifeboats launch to person in the water at Irvine

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.00pm on Sunday 5 November 2017 Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) activated the pagers of the lifeboat crew after receiving reports of a person in the water at Irvine harbour.

Due to the nature of the incident Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked by the Coastguard Operations Centre joining the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and officers from Ayrshire Police Division who were also on route.

The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and both the stations lifeboats, Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre were quickly launched to the scene.

As the lifeboats arrived at Irvine harbour information was provided by the Coastguard teams on scene that the person had been recovered from the water by the Police officers assisted by the firefighters and was now ashore in the care of paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

With this information, the lifeboats returned to station where they were made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 07535432927, 01292 314414

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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