Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to assist with a search at Prestwick

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.16am on Monday 2 March 2020, the crew pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard to assist Police Scotland in a search for a missing person at Prestwick.

Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats at sea


Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats at sea
The volunteer crew assembled and Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was then launched to join the search. Also searching were Police Officers and members of the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams.

With no sign of the missing person at first light, the search teams were joined by the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199 and Troon D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena.

The search continued both ashore and at sea until at 930am the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard with nothing found.

While the Coastguard teams continued searching ashore, the lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made ‘Ready for Service’ with assistance of the shore crew.

Later Police Scotland confirmed that the missing person had been traced safe and well ashore.

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]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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