At 12.11pm on Thursday 28 April 2022, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew to launch the stations all-weather lifeboat after reports from a member of the public of a fire on a vessel near to the Pow Burn, between Prestwick and Troon.
With the volunteer crew making their way to the lifeboat station, further information came through from the crew onboard the vessel that confirmed that there had been a fire hat they had managed to extinguish.
As a precaution, Trent class RNLI all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was launched as the Ayr coastguard rescue team observed the vessel from the shore.
On arrival, it was confirmed that the crew of the vessel had successfully managed to extinguish the fire which was contained to equipment onboard. After discussion between the lifeboat crew and those on the vessel, the crew were happy to remain at sea.
With no further assistance required, the lifeboat was able to return to station where it was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
Following the callout, Duty Coxswain Ethan Harris said, 'Thankfully the crew on the vessel were able to contain and successfully extinguish the fire preventing a more serious incident from taking place. Thanks also to the member of public who reported the incident to the Coastguard.'
In a coastal emergency, please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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