Troon lifeboat crew rescue 2 persons from an inflatable dinghy near Ardrossan

Lifeboats News Release

For the 5th time in 5 days, at 7.36pm on Sunday 16 August 2020, Belfast Coastguard requested both Troon RNLI lifeboats launch after reports of an inflatable dinghy with 2 persons on board in difficulty near to Horse Island, Ardrossan.

Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat crew approach the inflatable dinghy

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Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat crew approach the inflatable dinghy

The volunteer crew attended launching Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to the scene alongside Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.

While on route Belfast Coastguard informed the crew that there may be 2 persons on the inflatable dinghy and 1 person in the water.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene first and guided the inshore lifeboat to the position of the dinghy. The crew of the inshore lifeboat were able to confirm that there were 2 casualties on board and there were no other persons in the water. The casualties were taken aboard the inshore lifeboat before they were transferred to the all-weather lifeboat where initial Casualty Care was undertaken by the crew.

The all-weather lifeboat then made its way to Ardrossan marina where it was met by the Coastguard Team and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

With the casualties ashore, both lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

Speaking after the incident Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said' 'These inflatable toys are not suitable for use at the coast. They are easily blown by the wind and can quickly move offshore. Our advice is to leave them at home and not use them at sea.'

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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