Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat rescues person from the water at Barassie

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.44pm on Monday 15 October 2018, as the volunteer crew and shore team were assembling at the station for weekly training, their pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a person in the water at the southern end of Barassie Beach.

Troon inshore lifeboat launching on service.


Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat launching on service.

Also tasked were the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team. Local Police Officers from Ayrshire Police Division had also been notified and were also making their way to the scene.

The crew of the inshore lifeboat immediately kitted up and with the assistance of the shore crew, the D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena was quickly launched to the scene.

Shortly after exiting the harbour, guided by local police officers on the shore, the crew located the person about 200m from the shore who was recovered to the lifeboat. Using their Casualty Care, the crew immediately began to assess the casualty while the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat berth.

An ambulance was requested and on arrival at the lifeboat station the casualty was assessed by paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Once the casualty was transferred to the ambulance, the volunteer crew continued with their weekly exercise.

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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