Red flare sighting prompts early morning call out for Troon RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.38am on Wednesday 18 July 2018, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the D Class inshore lifeboat after a report from a member of the public of a red distress flare off Ayr.

Troon Inshore Lifeboat 'Sheena' launching on service to Ayr


Troon Inshore Lifeboat 'Sheena' launching on service to Ayr

The volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station and launched D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team with the search.

As further information came in, at 6.55am, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to carry out a further search offshore.

Both lifeboats searched offshore between Ayr and Troon while the coastguard team carried out a shoreline search.
After searching for an hour, and with no further information or reports, the search was stood down by Belfast Coastguard as a False Alarm with Good Intent.

Both lifeboats then returned to Troon where they 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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