Two callouts for Troon RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

The first callout for Troons RNLI volunteers came at 4.35pm on Thursday 2 May 2019, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats after reports of a vessel with one person on board sinking within Irvine Harbour.

Troon inshore lifeboat launches on service


Troon inshore lifeboat launches on service (library image)

The crew assembled and launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist. Belfast Coastguard also tasked Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.

Arriving on scene, the casualty was quickly located and it was confirmed the person was conducting some work on a boats mooring chains and not in need of any emergency assistance so the lifeboats returned to Troon.

At 8.35pm following a request from Police Scotland, Belfast Coastguard once again paged the volunteer crew to carry out a search following concerns for person in the Troon area.

The all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched conducting a coastal search to the north and south of Troon harbour along with Ardrossan and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Teams.

Following an extensive search by the Coastguard teams and lifeboat crews nothing was found, so both lifeboats were stood down.

The lifeboats returned to station 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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