Two callouts for Troon RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The first callout was at 12.16am on Sunday 7 April 2019 Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather and Inshore lifeboats to a person in the water at Ayr Harbour.

Largs inshore lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel

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Largs inshore lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel

Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked to the incident along with resources from Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

As the all-weather Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat left the harbour information came through from Belfast Coastguard that the casualty had been removed from the water by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the casualty was now in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service

With this information, the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat berth where it was made 'Ready for Service' with assistance from the shore crew.

The second callout was at 2.10am on Monday 8 April 2019 when Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat after reports of a 70ft vessel with 6 persons on board that had run aground in Millport Bay.

Cumbrae Coastguard Rescue Team and Largs inshore lifeboat were also tasked by Belfast Coastguard.

The volunteer crew assembled and Troon all weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was soon launched to assist. Largs lifeboat arrived on scene and after speaking to the vessel owner managed to the tow the vessel into deeper water where it was anchored.

Both lifeboats and the Coastguard team remained on scene until checks were carried out onboard the casualty vessel.

With all checks completed and no further assistance required Belfast Coastguard then stood the all-weather lifeboat down. The crew returned to Troon where at 4.15am the lifeboat was made ‘Ready for Service’.


RNLI media contacts

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929,

martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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