Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to reports of a person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.15 pm on Tuesday 21 April 2020, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboat following reports of a person in the water between Stevenston and Saltcoats.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat launches on service


Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat
Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was then launched with its volunteer crew while D class inshore lifeboat Sheena was taken to scene by road using the stations Land Rover. Also tasked were Ardrossan, Largs and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter Rescue 199 from Prestwick and officers from Police Scotland.

As the lifeboats commenced a search, the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 located a casualty in the water that was quickly winched onto the helicopter. The casualty was then taken directly to Crosshouse hospital.

With no further casualties reported, the lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made ‘ready for service’ with assistance of the shore crew.

Sadly Police later confirmed that the casualty, a 43 year old female, had died.

Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

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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