Troon RNLI launches to multi agency incident at Ayr

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly before 6pm on Thursday 28 January 2021, the pagers of Troon RNLI lifeboat crew were activated for their first callout of 2021 by Belfast Coastguard following a request by Police Scotland to assist with a search for a missing person at Ayr.

Troon inshore lifeboat at night (stock image)


Troon inshore lifeboat at night (stock image)
The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station and launched Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat along with D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel on the shore. Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard was the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard rescue teams and the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199.

As both lifeboats arrived on scene, the inshore lifeboat was directed to a person in the water by the helicopter crew. As the helicopter illuminated the scene, the inshore lifeboat crew recovered the person from the water and immediately commenced Casualty Care as the lifeboat headed to the beach.

Within a short time, the casualty was passed into the care of the waiting Coastguard and Ambulance crew.

With the casualty ashore, both lifeboats returned to station where they were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

Following the callout, Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat helm Matt Pearce said ‘On the day Troon RNLI lifeboat station marked 150 years of saving lives at sea, this was a great example of RNLI volunteers working alongside partner emergency services during a multi agency incident.’

No further details are known about the condition of the Casualty.

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