Concern for dinghy prompts callout for Troon and Largs RNLI lifeboats
At 8.02pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018, Troon all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard following reports to a possible dinghy in difficulty near Ardrossan South Beach.
The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was quickly launched to assist Largs lifeboat, (Atlantic 85 R A Wilson) and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team who were also tasked to the incident.
On arrival, a coastline search was conducted by the all-weather and inshore lifeboats while the Coastguard team searched the shoreline however nothing was sighted apart from some fisherman fishing from the shore.
With no further calls for assistance or any other updates, Belfast Coastguard were satisfied there were no persons requiring assistance and the call was classed as a false alarm with good intent (FAGI).
Due to this both lifeboats and the Coastguard team were then stood down. The all-weather lifeboat returned to Troon where it was made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
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