Troon RNLI lifeboat launches to assist fishing vessel off Saltcoats

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.32pm on Monday 1 October 2018, shortly after the crew had returned home from a wet and windy training night, Belfast Coastguard activated their pagers to assist a 32ft fishing vessel with engine problems about 1.5miles off the coast at Saltcoats.

Troon all-weather lifeboat preparing to launch

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Troon all-weather lifeboat preparing to launch
The Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat launched into Force 6/7 and rough seas as the volunteer crew headed to assist.

Once on scene, the lifeboat remained on standby near to the vessel while efforts were made by the sole occupant to rectify the problem on board.

With the lifeboat standing by, the problem on-board the casualty vessel was fixed and the all-weather lifeboat escorted the casualty vessel back to Troon.

At 11.45pm, on arrival at Troon, the casualty vessel berthed and the lifeboat returned to station where is 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 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.


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