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RNLI Troon launches to possible paddleboarders in difficulty near Lady Isle

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.19pm on Tuesday 20 September 2022, while the shore crew were undertaking launch and recovery assessments with a lifeboat assessor, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat to 2 paddleboarders that may be in difficulty off Lady Isle, a few miles west of Troon.

Troon RNLI shore crew keep a watchful eye of the RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena


Troon RNLI shore crew keep a watchful eye of the RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena
After a call to the Coastguard from a member of the public, Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team had the paddleboarders in sight but could not ascertain if they were in trouble. With the volunteer crew heading to the station, RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena was soon launched and was heading to the scene.

The paddleboarders were located by the D class crew and on speaking to them it was quickly established that they were not in any difficulty and were properly equipped should they get into trouble.

Satisfied that it was a false alarm with good intent, the inshore lifeboat was able to return to station where the lifeboat was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the newly qualified shore crew.

If you think you see someone in difficulty at the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

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