Two callouts for Troon RNLI lifeboat crew
At 5.54pm on Friday 2 October 2020, Belfast Coastguard activated the crew pagers after receiving reports of a person in the water at Ayr harbour.
The volunteer crew assembled and launched Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.
As the lifeboats launched news came through from Belfast Coastguard that the incident at Ayr had been resolved and the lifeboats were no longer required but immediately tasked the all-weather lifeboat to reports of a ‘Pan Pan’ radio broadcast at Portencross.
Pan Pan is a radio message that is broadcast when an urgent situation exists on board a vessel but there is no immediate danger.
Due to this radio broadcast, Largs inshore lifeboat Atlantic 85 R A Wilson and the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to the incident.
A search was then undertaken by the lifeboats and the Coastguard Teams but with nothing found during a search of the area and with no further communication from the vessel, the search was stood down by Belfast Coastguard.
The all-weather lifeboat then returned to Troon where it was made ‘Ready for Service’ with assistance of the shore crew.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.