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Troon RNLI joins multi agency search for missing 15 year old at Ayr beach

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.06pm on Saturday 13 February 2021, both lifeboats were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a 15 year old boy missing at Ayr Beach.

Troon RNLI Land rover and D class inshore lifeboat at Ayr


Troon RNLI Land rover and D class inshore lifeboat at Ayr
Troon RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena were quickly launched into freezing conditions.

Once on scene both lifeboats carried out a search alongside several other resources including the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams, officers from Police Scotland, the Police helicopter, a Police dog unit, ambulance crews from the Scottish ambulance service including their Special Operations Response Team.

After a search lasting a couple of hours, the missing boy was located elsewhere safe and well.

With this information, all search teams were stood down and the lifeboats returned to Troon where they 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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