Troon RNLI launches to a possible person in the water at Ardrossan
At 2.38pm on Monday 29 March 2021, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon RNLI lifeboat after a report to Police Scotland of a possible person in the water at Ardrossan Harbour.
On arrival at Ardrossan harbour, the lifeboat crew spoke with the coastguard teams and Police in attendance, and established that this callout was a false alarm with the object sighted being a black fishing float which was located between the harbour entrance and the breakwater.
With this information, the lifeboat returned to Troon and was made ‘ready for service’.
The initial details of this callout were reported to Police Scotland using the 'Contact Us' form on the Police Scotland website. This is a non emergency online form that can be used to get in touch with Police Scotland for issues of a non-serious nature.
Troon lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said following the callout, ‘Thankfully this incident was a false alarm and not a person in the water as any delay to notifying the Coastguard could have made a difference to the outcome. This should have been a call to the Coastguard and not an email to the Police.’
‘If you see anyone in difficulty, or you think you see someone in difficulty, at sea or along the coast, please contact the Coastguard via 999.'
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