Three callouts from Troon RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.55pm on Friday 7 August 2020, Belfast Coastguard paged the crew to launch after reports of a broken down RIB near to Troon harbour.

Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena

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Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat launched and quickly located the RIB towing it back to the harbour where D class inshore lifeboat Sheena took over the tow into the marina.

As the all-weather lifeboat returned to the berth, a second tasking came through at 2.41pm from Belfast Coastguard to assist North Ayrshire Police with a search for a missing person at Saltcoats.

The all-weather lifeboat relaunched and was soon joined by the inshore lifeboat in a search alongside Ardrossan, Largs and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Teams assisted by the Police helicopter.

After completing a search of the area, and with nothing found, the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard and returned back to Troon.

At 4.38pm, Belfast Coastguard once again tasked the D class inshore lifeboat after receiving a report from a member of the public who was concerned that paddle boarders were in difficulty in Barassie Bay.

The inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and spoke to paddle boarders on the shore who confirmed that they did not require any assistance.

With this information the inshore lifeboat returned to the station where both lifeboats were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk


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