Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat tasked to broken down boat off Dunure

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.15pm on Sunday 28 July 2019, Belfast Coastguard paged the volunteer crew to launch the inshore lifeboat to assist a 17ft broken down boat off Dunure. Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard was the Ayr and Girvan Coastguard Rescue Teams.

Troon RNLI Land Rover with D class inshore lifeboat along with Ayr Coastguard at Dunure Harbour

Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team

Troon RNLI Land Rover with D class inshore lifeboat along with Ayr Coastguard at Dunure Harbour

The lifeboat crew assembled at the station and, due to the distance of the casualty vessel from the station, the decision was made by the Coxswain and Deputy Launching Authority to take the inshore lifeboat by road to the incident.

Using the station Land Rover and assisted by the shore crew, the RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena and crew made their way by road to Dunure to launch the lifeboat closer to the scene.

Whilst on route, the lifeboat crew were made aware that the casualty vessel had managed to restart their engine and was making their own way to Dunure.

As a precautionary measure the lifeboat continued to Dunure and as they arrived, it was confirmed that the casualty vessel had successfully made their way back to the harbour.

With this information the Land Rover and inshore lifeboat returned to Troon where they 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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