At 7pm on Wednesday 1 August 2018, the pagers of Troon lifeboat crew were activated by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a broken down vessel near to Ardrossan.
The sole occupant of the vessel was unsure of their exact location so Troon all-weather lifeboat
RNLB Jim Moffat was tasked alongside Largs inshore lifeboat, Atlantic 85
R A Wilson, to assist Largs and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams to locate the yacht.
Troon all-weather lifeboat was soon underway and whilst on route was informed by Belfast Coastguard that the vessel had been located by Largs lifeboat near to Hunterston and was now under tow to Largs Yacht Haven.
Due to this, the all-weather lifeboat was then able to return to Troon where it was made ‘Ready for Service’.
At 2.18pm on Thursday 2 August, the volunteers of Troon lifeboat crew were once again requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard following reports of a vessel with one person onboard adrift near Ardrossan.
The Trent class all-weather lifeboat ‘RNLB Jim Moffat’ and D class inshore lifeboat ‘Sheena’ were launched and headed towards the approximate location of the casualty. Also tasked was the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.
The casualty vessel was soon located aground near to Seamill. The vessel was taken under tow by the inshore lifeboat and towed to Clyde Marina Ardrossan.
On arrival, as a precautionary measure, the sole occupant from the vessel was checked over by paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service.
With the casualty safely ashore and their vessel berthed within the marina, the the lifeboats were able to stand down and return to station where they were made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
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