Early morning callout for Troon inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.34am on Thursday 23 November 2017, Troon inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a missing person who was believed to be in the area near to Port Ranald Drive, Troon.

The volunteer crew attended at the station and quickly launched D Class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ayr and Ardrossan, the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter Rescue 199 and officers from Police Scotland.

On exiting the harbour, a shore line search was started by the crew from the entrance of Troon harbour heading northwards along the coast assisted by the coastguard helicopter overhead.

About 2.54am, information came through from Belfast Coastguard that the missing person had been located elsewhere and the lifeboat could stand down from the search.

With this information, the crew returned to the harbour where the lifeboat was recovered with the assistance of the shore crew and made 'Ready for Service'.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 07535 432927, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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