On Sunday 25 September 2022 at 1158, the crew pagers were activated after reports of paddleboarders stranded at the north side of Irvine harbour.
RNLI D-class inshore lifeboat Sheena was launched, and the volunteer crew were soon on route to assist.
On arrival, two paddleboarders were located on the north side of the river Irvine and both were taken aboard the inshore lifeboat for a short trip across the river to the south side of the harbour.
With the casualties and their equipment ashore, the inshore lifeboat was able to return to Troon where it was made ready for service with the assistance of the shore crew.
At 0132am on Monday 26 September 2022, Belfast Coastguard once again paged the crew to launch the inshore lifeboat to an incident at Ayr.
With weather conditions not suitable to launch the lifeboat at Troon, the D-class inshore lifeboat Sheena was taken by road to Ayr. While on route, information came through from Belfast Coastguard that lifeboat assistance was no longer required and so the inshore lifeboat and land rover returned to station.
The lifeboat returned to Troon and was once again made ready for service and the crew returned home to bed.
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