Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat assists with search at Irvine harbour

Lifeboats News Release

About 5.38pm on Saturday 6 November 2021, Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports that two people may be stuck on a sandbank at Irvine harbour.

Troon RNLI Land Rover and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena


Troon RNLI Land Rover and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena
Due to the weather conditions, the D class inshore lifeboat Sheena was taken by road by the crew and shore crew to be launched within Irvine harbour.

After a search involving the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 no persons were found to be in difficulty and the call was put down to a false alarm with good intent.

The lifeboat crew then returned to Troon where the lifeboat was made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

If you think you see someone in difficulty at sea or along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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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