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Both Troon lifeboats launch to person in the water at Saltcoats

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.20pm on Sunday 24 June 2018, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew following reports that a person was in difficulty in the water near Saltcoats.

Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats leaving Troon harbour launching on service


Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats launching on service
Belfast Coastguard had been notified that the person had entered the water from an inflatable kayak and they were not believed to be wearing a lifejacket.

The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist. Due to the nature of the incident also tasked by Belfast Coastguard was the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team​ and the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199.

The lifeboats quickly made their way to Saltcoats however on arrival it was confirmed by the Ardrossan Coastguard Team that the casualty had been assisted ashore by two passing jet skiers and was now being assessed by paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

With the casualty and their kayak safely ashore, both lifeboats were then stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

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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