Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to a person in the water at Irvine

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.35pm on Saturday 30 June 2018, the pagers of Troon lifeboat crew were activated by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a person in the water at Irvine Harbour.

Troon D class inshore lifeboat 'Sheena' with three crew on board making


Troon D class inshore lifeboat 'Sheena' (stock image)
Due to the nature of the incident Belfast Coastguard also tasked the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team along with the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199.

The D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena was quickly launched and the volunteer crew were soon heading to the scene.

As the lifeboat was proceeding, the coastguard helicopter arrived overhead and confirmed that casualty had been removed from the water and was now in the care of ambulance and police on the shore.

With concerns that other people may be in the water, the inshore lifeboat and the coastguard team carried out a search of the area to confirm no other casualties.

With nothing else found, the lifeboat was able to return to station where it was 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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