The first callout for our new D class inshore lifeboat came at 9.36pm on Thursday 26 April 2018 after a 999 call to the Coastguard from a member of the public reporting a person in the water outside Troon harbour.
Belfast Coastguard immediately tasked the D class inshore lifeboat Sheena alongside the all-weather lifeboat
RNLB Jim Moffat as well as the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ayr and Ardrossan.
As the lifeboats launched, the Coastguard teams on the shore spoke to the first informant and identified that a light they had seen may have been the green starboard navigational buoy near to the harbour entrance.
As the lifeboats approached the navigational mark the Coastguard teams confirmed via the first informant that this was what they had seen from the shore.
A search of this area was undertaken by both lifeboats to ensure no persons were in difficulty near to the marker buoy.
With the area searched by the all weather and inshore lifeboats and nothing further found, the call was put down to a false alarm with good intent so the lifeboats were stood down to return to station.
On arrival back at the station, the lifeboats were made 'Ready for Service' with the assistance of the shore crew.
If you think you see someone in trouble at sea, or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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