Troon and Tighnabruaich RNLI lifeboats launch after Mayday from yacht

Lifeboats News Release

As the lifeboat crew slept at 2.02am on Thursday 26 September 2019, their pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard following a Mayday call from a yacht that had run aground.

Troon all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat launches on service


Troon all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat launches on service
Unsure of its exact position, Troon RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch to help locate the vessel while further enquiries were carried out by the Coastguard. As the lifeboat crew quickly left their beds and assembled at the lifeboat station, Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was soon launched to assist.

With further information obtained by the Coastguard, an exact position was established near to Stillaig Point, near to Portavadie, and so Tighnabruaich RNLI inshore lifeboat was also requested to launch. Kames and Dunoon Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked.

Tighnabruaich lifeboat arrived on scene followed by the all-weather lifeboat and, along with the Coastguard teams, assisted the 2 persons ashore.

With all persons accounted for and the vessel secured for recovery at high tide, the lifeboats and coastguard teams were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

At 8am, the all-weather lifeboat returned to Troon, where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew before the crew returned home ready to start their day jobs.

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

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