Troon RNLI launches to a car in the water at Saltcoats

Lifeboats News Release

At 8.36am on Friday 23 August 2019, Troon RNLI lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a car in the water at Saltcoats harbour.

Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat alongside the vehicle

Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team

Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat alongside the vehicle
Unsure if anyone was within the vehicle, Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena were both launched. Officers from Police Scotland, two Coastguard Senior Coastal Operations Officers (SCOOs) along with the Ardrossan and Largs Coastguard Rescue Teams were also making their way to the scene.

On arrival at Saltcoats, the vehicle was located submerged within the harbour and the crew of the inshore lifeboat, along with a member of the Coastguard Team, carried out an initial search of the car and surrounding area. With no persons located, details of the vehicle were passed to the Police to carry out enquiries ashore and a coastal search was initiated by the lifeboat crew for any persons from the vehicle.

After a search by the all-weather and inshore lifeboats, no persons were located and the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard. The crew returned to Troon where the lifeboats were 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
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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