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RNLI Troon inshore lifeboat launches to person stuck on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.22pm on Tuesday 8 August 2023, the pagers of the crew burst into life as Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI inshore lifeboat after reports of a person stuck due to the rising tide on the Black Rocks, to the south of Troon.

Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat Sheena launching on service


Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat Sheena launching on service
With the volunteer crew making their way to the station also tasked by Belfast Coastguard were the volunteers from the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team who were also making their way by road.

With the lifeboat crew in their personal protective equipment, RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena was soon launched and making its way to the scene.

Nearing the location, the person was observed by the lifeboat crew, and the inshore lifeboat helm choose at suitable place to approach the rocks and the person was taken on board the lifeboat before they were taken the short distance to the nearby beach.

Once safely ashore with the Coastguard team, the inshore lifeboat returned to the station where it was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

Following the callout the RNLI D class helm Paul Alexander said, ‘When venturing out onto rocks, keep a look out for incoming tide and make sure you have enough time to return safely. If in doubt, seek local advice and always carry a means of calling for help on your person.

‘If you do get into difficulty, or see someone who could be in trouble, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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