Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to kitesurfer in difficulty at South Beach Troon.

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.36pm on Friday 21 August 2020 Troon RNLI lifeboat crew were paged after reports of a kite surfer in difficulty at South Beach, Troon.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat launching on service

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Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat launching on service

Belfast Coastguard had been notified by a member of the public so tasked the stations all-weather and inshore lifeboats to the scene along with Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.

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

As the lifeboats launched it was confirmed that members of the public had managed to assist the kite surfer and their equipment ashore onto the esplanade. The kite surfer was met by Police and the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team who confirmed that they didn’t need any medical attention.

With this information, and with no further assistance required, the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard and returned to Troon where they were made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

Troon RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: 'Thankfully on this occasion the kite surfer was assisted ashore by the members of the public but the person who notified the Coastguard did the right thing as its better to be safe than sorry.

'If you think you see someone in trouble at sea or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

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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