At 4.43pm on Sunday 4 September 2022, Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a person on an inflatable that may be in difficulty near to Stevenston Point.
With the pagers activated, the volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station and launched D class inshore lifeboat
Sheena to assist.
With Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team monitoring the situation from the shore, the inshore lifeboat approached the scene speaking to several persons using the water.
With no persons found to be in difficulty, and all persons able to return to the shore unaided, the inshore lifeboat was able to relay this to Belfast Coastguard who were happy for the crew to return to station where the lifeboat was made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.
Just after midnight on Monday 5 September 2022, as the crew slept Belfast Coastguard activated the crew pagers to launch both lifeboats to an incident at Prestwick.
With the sudden sound of pagers bleeping in houses throughout Troon, the crew awoke and assembled at the lifeboat station.
About 5 minutes later, as the volunteers were getting kitted, notification came through that the lifeboats were not required allowing the crew to return home to their beds.
If you think you see someone in difficulty at sea or on the coast, you should always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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