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Troon RNLI launches to yacht aground

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.50pm on Wednesday 3 March 2021, Troon RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked by Belfast Coastguard after a yacht with two persons onboard ran aground on Crab Rock, near to Troon harbour entrance.

Troon inshore lifeboat alongside the casualty vessel aground outside Troon harbour

Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team

Troon D class inshore lifeboat alongside the yacht

The volunteer crew attended at the lifeboat station launching Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat along with D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team who had also been tasked.

After liaising with the crew on board, the inshore lifeboat approached the casualty vessel. With low water not far away and the vessel unable to be removed from the rocks, the yacht's anchor was deployed. The crew were taken onboard the inshore lifeboat back to the lifeboat station to make arrangements for the recovery of the vessel at high water.

With all persons safely off the vessel, the lifeboats were stood down by Belfast Coastguard and the lifeboats were made ‘Ready for Service’ with 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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