Troon lifeboats launch to yacht in difficulty
At 1.49pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018, Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre paged the lifeboat crew to launch after reports of a yacht with two persons on board in difficulty near to Stevenston.
Both the D class inshore lifeboat and Trent class all-weather lifeboat quickly launched to assist. Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard was the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.
While the lifeboats were proceeding the Coastguard team arrived on scene and established that the yacht was now aground just south of Stevenston Point.
Due to this, a water rescue operator from the Coastguard team was able to reach the vessel and successfully evacuated both persons. Both casualties were then handed over to the Scottish Ambulance Service before being conveyed to Crosshouse Hospital as a precaution.
With the casualties safely ashore, the yacht was secured by the Coastguard team and both lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.
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