Troon RNLI launches to assist in missing person search

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.51pm on Monday 10 February 2020 Troon RNLI all-weather was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a missing person at Newton Shore, Ayr.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat returning to station

Drew Wilson

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat returning to station
The volunteer crew assembled and the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was soon launched departing the harbour into rough seas, strong winds and heavy rain showers to assist in the search alongside officers from Police Scotland, the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick Rescue 199 and Coastguard Teams from Girvan, Ayr and Ardrosssan.

As the lifeboat arrived on scene to commence a search information came through from Belfast Coastguard that the missing person had been located away from the coast unaware that they had been reported missing so the lifeboat could return to station.

With this information, the all-weather lifeboat returned to Troon where it was 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

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat returning to station

Drew Wilson

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat returning to station

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