Three callouts for Troon RNLI including a child on an inflatable at Saltcoats

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.32pm on Thursday 13 August 2020, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew after reports of a young child being blown out to sea on an inflatable at Saltcoats.

Troon lifeboat within Ardrossan harbour

Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat within Ardrossan harbour

The volunteer crew assembled and RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was quickly launched followed by D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena. Also tasked was the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team, the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 and officers from Police Scotland.

While heading to the scene, the lifeboat crew were informed that a young girl had got into difficulty and that a paddle boarder had managed to get the girl onto their board but they were still getting blown offshore.

As the all-weather lifeboat approached the scene the casualties position was identified by the Coastguard helicopter.

Both the girl and the paddle boarder, were taken aboard the all-weather lifeboat with the crew commencing Casualty Care as the lifeboat made best speed towards Ardrossan.

On arrival at Ardrossan harbour both persons were passed into the care of the Coastguard Team, Police and Ambulance crews however no further medical attention was required.

With both persons ashore and the child reunited with her family, the lifeboats the returned to station and made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

At 7.26pm, the lifeboat crew pagers were activated again by Belfast Coastguard requesting the launch of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats to kayakers being blown offshore at Ardrossan.

The volunteer crew launched the Trent class all-weather lifeboat and headed to Ardrossan.

Assisted by the Ardrossan Coastguard Team on the shore, three persons and their kayaks were located. They were taken aboard the all-weather lifeboat and taken to Ardrossan harbour where they were met by the Coastguard team and checked over by paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

As this was taking place, D class inshore lifeboat was diverted by Belfast Coastguard to assist a boat with engine trouble that requested assistance 2 miles from Stevenston point.

The D class crew made their way towards the vessel. On arrival, the inshore lifeboat established a tow and towed the vessel back to the slipway at Stevenston point where it was recovered.

With the vessel alongside the inshore lifeboat returned to Troon where, after a busy day, both lifeboats were once again 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 [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]

Troon all-weather lifeboat approaches the kayakers


Troon all-weather lifeboat approaches the kayakers

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