Out of the 1185 lifeboat launches across Scotland, the all-weather and inshore lifeboats at Troon launched a total of 83 times, rescuing 5 people and assisting another 42.
David Shaw, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Troon Lifeboat station, said: ‘In 2018 our callouts were varied, from towing in pleasure craft and fishing vessels, persons in difficulty, drifting inflatables and missing person searches. When the pager sounds, the lifeboat crew never know what to expect.'
During 2018, our lifeboat crews worked hand in hand with other services including the several Coastguard rescue teams, the Coastguard helicopter R199 from Prestwick, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Even though the crew are always ready to respond we would like to ask the public to make safety a priority, whether that means wearing a lifejacket, checking their vessel before they go afloat, checking the tide times before they set out, or staying away from cliff edges and unstable coastal paths.
As we rely on donations, we could not have done all this without the generosity of the general public who support the RNLI and attend our various fundraising events throughout the year. The Lifeboat Crew extend a thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2018.
Lastly, we would also like to thank our families for their continued support and understanding. Without them our lifeboat crew could not do what they do, often being left at a moments notice, never knowing what the crew are going to face.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.