Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to reports of a kayak in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 21 September 2019, as the temperatures increased along the Ayrshire coast, at 2.27pm the pagers of the lifeboat crew were activated by Belfast Coastguard after reports a kayak with 2 persons on board in difficulty at the Pow Burn between Troon and Prestwick.

Troon RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat returning to station taken from the air

Dave Currie @DaveWCurrie

Troon RNLI lifeboat returning to station
The lifeboat crew made their way to the station and launched D class inshore lifeboat Sheena and Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team who were also heading to the scene.

While the lifeboats were making their way to the scene, the persons in the kayak made their way ashore and were met by the Coastguard team.

With all persons safely ashore and with no further requirement for the lifeboats, Belfast Coastguard was able to stand the crew down. The lifeboats then returned to Troon and were made 'ready for service' with assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 [email protected]
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.