At 2.37pm on Sunday 29 December 2019, Troon lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard following reports of a kite surfer in difficulty at South Beach, Troon.
The volunteer crew soon launched RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams locate the person in difficulty.
With the Coastguard teams searching from the shore and the lifeboat carrying out a search out to sea and nothing found, news came through that the person had made it to shore but had lost their board at sea.
The crew carried out a search and located the kite surfing board. With all persons accounted for and all equipment located, the all-weather lifeboat returned to station.
On arrival at Troon, the lifeboat was made 'Ready for Service' and the equipment was reunited with its grateful owner.
Troon Lifeboat Second Coxswain Brian Hedges said: 'If you do see someone in trouble, or who you think could be in difficulty, at sea or on the along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
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