At 5.36pm on Thursday 2 December 2021, both of Troon lifeboats were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports from a fishing boat that they were suffering from engine problems to the south of Troon harbour.
Dinner plans were put on hold as the pagers were activated and the volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station. Soon RNLI Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena were heading to the position of the fishing boat to assess the situation.
Once on scene, after liaising with the crew onboard, the Coxswain made the decision that a tow was necessary and the safest way to way to assist. The inshore lifeboat then managed to establish a tow with the vessel and the lifeboats headed back to Troon.
On arrival at Troon, the fishing vessel was secured alongside in the marina with the assistance of the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team before the lifeboats returned to station where they were made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.
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