Troon and Largs RNLI lifeboats assist yacht aground at Hunterston

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.12pm on Monday 11 October 2021, Troon RNLI lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard to assist Largs lifeboat with a yacht aground near Hunterston.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat and XP boat

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Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat and XP boat
Belfast Coastguard tasked the RNLI lifeboats, Trent class all-weather lifeboat ‘RNLB Jim Moffat’ and Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat ‘R A Wilson’ alongside Coastguard Rescue Teams to provide assistance to the yachts crew.

On arrival, it was difficult for the lifeboats to access the yachts position so the XP boat from Troon all-weather lifeboat was launched to assist.

Once the XP boat reached the yachts position, it was established that the best course of action was to transfer the two persons from the yacht and to anchor the yacht to allow recovery at a later time.

The XP boat then took the yachts crew to the all-weather lifeboat. With the yacht secured, the yachts crew were then taken to Largs Yacht Haven to the waiting coastguard team and both lifeboats were then stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

Troon lifeboat then returned to station where it was 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 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

The XP boat from Troon all-weather lifeboat approaching the casualty yacht

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The XP boat from Troon all-weather lifeboat approaching the casualty yacht

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