As the temperatures increased along the Ayrshire coast, at 3.31pm on Thursday 25 June 2020 Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats after reports of a motor boat in difficulty off Newton-on-Ayr.
Unable to make contact with the vessel, Belfast Coastguard requested Trent class all-weather lifeboat
RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena were tasked to the scene.
As the lifeboats proceeded, Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene locating the vessel and provided updates to the crew. From their position, they could see one person in the water and one person aboard the vessel.
As the lifeboats approached the scene, the person in the water was seen to get aboard the vessel and the vessel was seen to head towards the shore.
Satisfied that this was a false alarm, and with confirmation from the coastguard team on the shore that the vessel had not been in any difficulty and all persons were accounted for, the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard returning to Troon.
As the lifeboats returned it Troon, the crew observed two drifting inflatables. With no persons reported in difficulty, the inflatables were recovered to prevent a further callout later.
The lifeboats then returned to Troon where they were made ‘Ready for Service’ with assistance of the shore crew.
Please do not use inflatables at the coast. As the warm weather continues in Scotland the RNLI are seeing a worrying increase in the number of callouts caused by inflatable pool toys.
If you do see someone in trouble at the beach 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 [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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