Troon RNLI lifeboats launch after concern for fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.52pm on Saturday 25 May 2019, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats following concerns by a member of public for a fishing vessel off Saltcoats.

Troon inshore and all-weather lifeboats at sea on service


Troon inshore and all-weather lifeboats at sea on service
Belfast Coastguard was unable to reach the vessel via VHF radio so Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked but were also unable to make contact with those onboard

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena launched and while they were on route the Coastguard team observed the fishing vessel until their arrival.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew spoke with the fishing boats crew who confirmed all was in order and no assistance was required.

With this information, and satisfied this was a false alarm with good intent, the lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

If you see anyone you think is in trouble at sea or on the coast, call 999 & 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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