Troon RNLI assists broken down powerboat at Stevenston

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.15pm on Saturday 15 August 2020, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the stations inshore and all-weather lifeboats to assist with a 26ft vessel that had broken down with 2 persons on board between Irvine and Stevenston Point.

Troon RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboat with the casualty vessel under tow


Troon RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboat with the casualty vessel under tow

With the pagers activated, the volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station to launch Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena. Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked by Belfast Coastguard to assist in locating the vessel.

The casualty vessel was soon located and a tow was established back to Troon. The vessel was taken to Troon Yacht Haven where it was berthed with the assistance of the Coastguard team.

With the casualty vessel secured alongside, the lifeboats then returned to the station and 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 [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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