At 10.42am on Saturday 27 March 2021, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon lifeboat following a VHF radio call from the crew onboard a 29ft yacht with engine failure 2 miles west of Ardrossan.
The volunteer crew assembled and RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was launched to assist.
The lifeboat headed to the location of the casualty vessel and on arrival a tow was established by the lifeboat crew towards Ardrossan harbour.
On arrival at Ardrossan, the yacht was berthed in the marina with the assistance of the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.
With the yacht secured alongside, the all-weather lifeboat then returned to Troon where it was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
At 7.45pm, the lifeboat crews pagers were once again activated by Belfast Coastguard following a request from Police Scotland to assist in the search for a missing person at Troon.
Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and the D class inshore lifeboat
Sheena were launched to assist in the search alongside Ardrossan and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Teams.
As the lifeboat crews and coastguard teams were searching news came through from Belfast Coastguard that the person had been traced by Police and the teams were stood down from their search.
With this information, the lifeboats returned to station and were once again 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
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,
Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929,
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