Troon lifeboat diverted from exercise to a person in the water at Saltcoats

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.46pm on Monday 15 July 2019, while on routine weekly exercise, Troon RNLI lifeboat was diverted by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a person in difficulty in the water in Saltcoats harbour.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat heading to Saltcoats


Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat heading to Saltcoats

With officers from Police Scotland attending along with the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team, the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat made best speed to the scene.

After arriving on scene, it was confirmed that the person was no longer in the water after being assisted from the water by the Coastguard team.

With this information, the lifeboat was stood down by Belfast Coastguard and carried on with its weekly exercise.

If you see someone in difficulty at sea or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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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