Troon RNLI lifeboat launches after EPIRB activation off Largs

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.40am on Thursday 8 August 2019, Troon lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard after reports of an activation of an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) off Largs.

Troon Trent class all-weather lifeboat

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Troon Trent class all-weather lifeboat

An EPIRB is a type of emergency beacon carried by vessels which can be activated when the vessel is in distress. The distress signals are passed to the relevant Coastguard maritime rescue coordination centre, which will task the nearest search and rescue teams.

While Belfast Coastguard made attempts to contact the vessel, Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199, and Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat all made their way to the scene.

While on route, it was confirmed by Belfast Coastguard that it was an accidental activation and the vessel was not in difficulty so the lifeboat crew and coastguard teams were stood down.

The lifeboat crew returned to station where the lifeboat was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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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