Troon RNLI lifeboats launch after concern for swimmer at Prestwick

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.29pm on Saturday 29th June 2019 Troon lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard after reports via Police Scotland of concern for a person in the water at Prestwick. A swimmer had been seen in the water but the initial reporter had lost sight of them and had become concerned.

Troon RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena at sea


Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat Sheena
The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena launch to assist police officers on scene. Ardrossan and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team had also been tasked to assist in the search.

Due to the concerns reported, a shoreline search was carried out by the Coastguard teams while the lifeboat crew carried out a search of the coastline and further out to sea.

With the area searched and no trace of the person, the lifeboats where stood down by Belfast Coastguard pending any further information.

The lifeboats returned to Troon and on arrival back at the harbour were made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

If you seen anyone 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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