Troon lifeboats launch to car stranded on the beach at Stevenston

Lifeboats News Release

Following a successful and busy Open Day, at 10.47pm on Saturday 21 July 2018, Troon lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard following reports of 2 persons stranded in a car on the beach near to Ardeer.

With the exact location of the car unknown Belfast Coastguard also tasked the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Teams to assist Police, Fire and Ambulance crews that were also attending.

The volunteer crew soon launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena to the scene.

As the lifeboats approached the scene, it was confirmed by the Coastguard teams in attendance that they had located the vehicle 1.5 miles south of Stevenston Point and using their vehicles were able to assist two persons and 6 dogs to safety. The vehicle was left for the owners to arrange recovery during daylight hours.

With all persons, and dogs, safe the lifeboat crew were able to return to Troon where 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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