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

Lifeboats News Release

After a busy weekend, the lifeboat crews pagers were once again activated at 2.20pm on Monday 22 June 2020 after reports of a kitesurfer in difficulty at South Beach, Troon.

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

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

After arriving on scene, it was confirmed that the kitesurfer had made their own way ashore. 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 Lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said: 'Thankfully on this occasion the kitesurfer made it ashore unaided 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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