At 12.10pm on Thursday 1 August 2019, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew requesting the launch of the D class inshore lifeboat following reports of a person in difficulty in the water off Irvine.
Within a few minutes, RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena was launched to Irvine to assist Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team who had also been tasked to the scene.
On arrival, the crew of the inshore lifeboat located a swimmer who confirmed that they were not in any difficulty and did not require any assistance. Satisfied this was a false alarm with good intent, the inshore lifeboat and the Coastguard team were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.
With this information the inshore lifeboat returned to Troon where it was made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.
After several months of training on both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats, this callout gave Kai Craig, the youngest of the lifeboat crew member at just 17, his first call-out aboard the D class inshore lifeboat.
Jim Redmond, Troon Lifeboat Operations Manager, said after the callout: ‘We’re very proud of all our volunteers at Troon but it’s great that Kai at 17 is willing to commit to helping save lives at sea. Kai was one of three crew members on today’s callout aboard the D class inshore lifeboat and without a second thought responded to his RNLI pager to help someone in difficulty.’
RNLI Media contacts:
Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,
Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929,
RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789
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