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First callout of 2018 for Troon lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The first callout of 2018, and the first callout for six weeks for Troon lifeboat crew, took place on Friday 5 January after Belfast Coastguard were alerted to a possible body in the water off Ardrossan.

Troon Trent class all weather lifeboat launching on service


Troon all weather lifeboat launching on service (stock image)

A passenger on-board the Arran ferry had seen what they believed to be a body in the water and notified staff who in turn notified Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC). An approximate position of this sighting was passed to the Coastguard and at 1.07pm the lifeboat crew were paged to investigate.

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was launched to the position approximately 4 miles off the coast. On arrival, a search was undertaken by the volunteer crew to locate what had been sighted from the ferry.

Shortly before 3pm and with nothing found, the lifeboat crew were stood down by Belfast Coastguard and returned to station where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ‘Ready for Service.’

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

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

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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