At 2.23pm on Monday 31 May 2021, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew to launch the inshore and all-weather lifeboats after a report of missing child on Ayr beach.
With a busy beach, both RNLI lifeboats, Trent class all-weather lifeboat
RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Robleen were launched to search with the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199.
As the lifeboats were heading to the scene, news came through that the child had been found and both lifeboats returned to Troon.
At 3.55pm, the volunteer crew pagers were once again activated by Belfast Coastguard following another report of a missing child at Ayr beach.
Both the RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats were once again launched to search alongside the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams.
While on route the child was located and all teams were stood down by Belfast Coastguard.
Troon RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond said, ‘It’s a worry for parents, and the emergency services, when children go missing on the beach. Thankfully both children today turned up a short time later safe and well.
‘We are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children when at the beach and to contact the Coastguard via 999 if they do lose sight of their child.’
Later that night, the lifeboat crew once again attended the station for training. Prior to the training, the Trent class all-weather boat took the ashes of Jimmy Manson MBE, retired Honorary Secretary to be scattered in Barassie Bay.
Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said, ‘Jimmy served Troon RNLI lifeboat station for numerous years and sadly passed away in November 2020.
‘It was Jimmys wish for his ashes to be scattered at sea by the lifeboat crew and it was an honour that we could carry out this request.’
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