Troon RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.05pm on Sunday 10 August 2020, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats following a mobile phone call from a person onboard a yacht reporting that they had suffered engine failure 3 miles from Troon harbour.

A crewmember from Troon all-weather lifeboat aboard the casualty vessel to set up a tow


A crewmember from Troon all-weather lifeboat aboard the casualty vessel

The volunteer crew were paged and Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat along with D class inshore lifeboat Sheena were soon launched on service to assist.

On arrival at the estimated position, the yacht could not be located. Communication could not be made with the vessel and so, while Belfast Coastguard carried out some enquiries, a search was undertaken by the all-weather and inshore lifeboats. As darkness fell, a possible contact was located on radar by the crew of the all-weather lifeboat and the lifeboat made best speed to this position.

As the all-weather lifeboat approached the vessel, near the Heads of Ayr, it was confirmed to be the yacht and a tow was established back to Troon yacht haven.

Shortly after midnight, the yacht was berthed alongside in the yacht haven with the assistance of the Ayr Coastguard Team. The lifeboats then returned to the berth where they were made ‘ready for service’ with assistance of the shore crew.

Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: 'If you are heading out on a boat please plan ahead, check weather and tides before you leave.

‘Check your engine before you go, ensuring you have the right spares, tools and fuel.

‘Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

‘And if you get into trouble at sea, contact the Coastguard via VHF Ch 16 or dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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]

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