Troon and Largs RNLI lifeboats assist in missing person search

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.55am on Thursday 16 August 2018, the pagers of Troon lifeboat crew were activated by Belfast Coastguard after a request from Police Scotland to assist with a missing person search.

Belfast Coastguard had requested the launch of the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist Largs inshore lifeboat R A Wilson, Largs Coastguard Rescue Team and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team who were already assisting local Police officers in a search.

The volunteer crew quickly launched both lifeboats and headed towards Ardrossan to help with the search. Whilst on route the missing person was located at Ardrossan harbour and was talking to Police officers however due to the location of the missing person, the lifeboats were requested to make best speed to this position.

As Largs and Troon lifeboats were making their way to this position an update came through from Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team who were on scene to say that the person was now in the care of the Police and the lifeboats were no longer required.

With this information, all lifeboats were stood down and returned to their stations. On arrival back at Troon, the lifeboats were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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

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

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

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.


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