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Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to assist Police in missing person search

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.20pm, on Thursday 28 June 2018, Troon lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard to assist local officers from Police Scotland to search for a missing person at South Beach, Troon.

Troon inshore lifeboat, D class D-821 Sheena, launches to assist in the search


Troon inshore lifeboat launches to assist in the search
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 the police officers and the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team who had also been tasked to the search.

On launching Belfast Coastguard passed a description of the missing person and informed the crew that 15 year old had been last seen at South Beach but had not been seen for a couple of hours. Due to this concern was growing for him and so a shoreline search was requested by Belfast Coastguard from the harbour at Troon south towards Prestwick.

The inshore and all weather lifeboat crews began their searches of the shoreline and after a short time a person matching the missing person was sighted by the lifeboat crew on board the all-weather lifeboat on the Black Rocks to the south of Troon.

The Coastguard team on the shore were notified and on arrival at the Black Rocks they traced the missing person who had lost track of time and was unaware that he had been reported missing.

The missing person was reunited with their family by the coastguard team so the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

On arrival back at the harbour the lifeboats were refuelled and 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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