After a busy weekend with the lifeboat station Open Day, Sunday 17 July 2022 saw two callouts for the lifeboat crew.
At 1.27pm with the some of the crew on station, and members of the public enjoying trips on the restored William Riley Lifeboat, Belfast Coastguard activated the pagers after reports of a person in difficulty in the water at Doonfoot.
After further crew assembled at the lifeboat station, D class inshore lifeboat
Sheena and Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat were soon launched. Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and made their way to the scene.
While on route, the inshore lifeboat was stood down as the person was confirmed to be ashore. The all-weather continued to the scene and were able to recover a dinghy that had blown offshore from the beach.
With no further persons in difficulty, the all-weather lifeboat was then able to return to station.
As the crew approached Troon, a further tasking was received by Belfast Coastguard to assist two vessels off Troon harbour. The all-weather lifeboat quickly located the vessels, and the inshore lifeboat was launched to provide further assistance.
On arrival, after speaking to the crews on both vessels, one motor vessel was towed into Troon harbour and secured within the marina.
With no further taskings from Belfast Coastguard, both lifeboats were able to return to station where they were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
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