Troon RNLI launches to possible jet skier in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.38pm on Wednesday 14 September 2022, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew after reports from a member of the public of a jet ski in difficulty at Saltcoats.

RNLI Trent class lifeboat RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith launches on service

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RNLI Trent class lifeboat RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith launches on service

The volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station and relief RNLI Trent class lifeboat RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith then launched to assist while the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to provide additional assistance to locate the jet ski from the shore.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, and after liaising with the coastguard team ashore, no jet ski could be located only a couple of small boats making their way towards Ardrossan harbour.

With nothing else sighted, and with the boats also safely within Ardrossan harbour, the lifeboat was stood down by Belfast Coastguard satisfied that the call was a false alarm with good intent.

On arrival at Troon, the lifeboat was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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