Troon inshore lifeboat launches after reports of a person and a dog in the water

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.52am on Wednesday 15th April 2019, Belfast Coastguard paged the volunteer crew to launch the inshore lifeboat after reports of a person and a dog in the water at Prestwick.

Troon RNLI D class inshore lifeboat 'Sheena'


Troon D class inshore lifeboat
The crew were paged and D class inshore lifeboat 'Sheena' was soon launched to assist the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescues Teams who had also been tasked to the incident.

As the crew were making their way to Prestwick, confirmation came through from the Ayr Coastguard Team on scene that the person and the dog were now safely ashore.

With this information, the crew returned to station where the inshore lifeboat was recovered and made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: 'We would always advise people not to enter the water in an attempt to rescue an animal. If you’re worried about your dog, don't put yourself at risk by going into the water after them, please call 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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