Troon RNLI assists vessel with mechanical problems near Ardrossan
At 9.40pm on Monday 13 June 2022, Belfast Coastguard paged the crew to launch the inshore and all-weather lifeboats after reports from a motor vessel with one person on board that they were struggling to make way to Ardrossan due to a mechanical problem.
After launch the vessel was located and was still making way at a reduced speed towards Ardrossan. After speaking to the person onboard, the lifeboats escorted the vessel the remainder of the way should any further problems develop.
On arrival at Ardrossan harbour the vessel was able to berth within the marina with assistance from the lifeboat crew and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.
Once the vessel was berthed, the lifeboats were able to return to Troon where they were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
Jim Redmond, Troon RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) said after the callout, ‘The vessel had developed a mechanical problem and due to this contacted the Coastguard which enabled the lifeboat crew to assist should any further problems occur.
‘On this occasion the vessel continued under its own power to the harbour and was berthed without needing any further assistance from the lifeboat crew.
‘If you do get into difficulty at sea or along the coast, please contact the Coastguard via VHF channel 16 or by dialling 999’
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