Troon RNLI lifeboat launches to person in the water at Ayr Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.15pm on Friday 18 January 2019, Troon RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to a person in the water at Ayr Harbour.

Officers from Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team along with the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter, Rescue 199 were also tasked to the scene.

The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat making best speed to the scene.

With the lifeboat on route, updates from the scene were provided by the Coastguard Team and as the lifeboat approached Ayr Harbour, the crew were informed that the person had been removed from the water and the lifeboat was no longer required.

With this information, the lifeboat returned to station and was made ‘Ready for Service’ with assistance from the shore team.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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