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Troon RNLI launches to a person in the water at Ayr Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.30pm on Monday 14 September 2020, Troon lifeboat crew pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard to launch the all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboats to assist with a person in water at Ayr harbour.

roon RNLI all-weather lifeboats XP boat alongside the casualty at the harbour breakwater


Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboats XP boat alongside the casualty at the harbour breakwater

The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station to launch Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.

On route, the crew prepared the XP boat, a daughter boat carried aboard the all-weather lifeboat, as the casualty had managed to make their way onto the rocky harbour breakwater but could not make it ashore from this point.

On arrival at Ayr, two crewmembers went to the shallow water at the harbour breakwater aboard the XP boat. The casualty was transferred into the XP boat before being taken to the waiting coastguard personnel.

With the casualty in the care of the Coastguard, the XP boat crew returned to the all-weather lifeboat before crew returned to Troon where the 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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