At 8.21pm on Sunday 28 June 2020, Belfast Coastguard paged the crew to launch the RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats after reports of a person in the water outside Troon harbour.
Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard was the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199, along with Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams. Police Scotland were also informed of the incident and several officers were attending the scene to assist.
RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat quickly launched and with the assistance of Police Officers on the shore and harbour wall, the location of the casualty in the water was identified.
Due to the position of the casualty, D class inshore lifeboat Sheena
was directed in towards the casualty and, in difficult sea conditions adjacent to the harbour wall, the volunteer crew successfully recovered the casualty into the inshore lifeboat.
Casualty Care was started immediately by the crew and the casualty was taken to Troon Marina where the inshore lifeboat was met by the Coastguard Teams. The casualty was then transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
With the casualty on route to hospital, the inshore lifeboat was recovered and both lifeboats were 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 [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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