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First callout of 2023 for Troon RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The first callout of 2023 for Troon lifeboat station came at 3.40pm on Friday 6 January as Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat after a report from a member of the public that a kite surfer may be in difficulty in the water at South Beach, Troon.

Troon all-weather lifeboat launches on service (stock image)


Troon all-weather lifeboat launches on service (stock image)
As the volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station, Belfast Coastguard also tasked the Ardrossan and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team to assist from the shore.

With the crew kitted, RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena were soon launched and heading to the scene.

On arrival, the casualty was confirmed to be ashore so the crew from the inshore lifeboat assisted in the recovery of some equipment belonging to the casualty that was still in the water.

With this complete, the lifeboat crew were stood down by Belfast Coastguard to return to station.

Speaking after the callout, Troon RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Joe Millar said 'The member of the public reporting the incident did the correct thing by contacting the Coastguard. We would always advise people that if they think they have seen someone in difficulty at sea or on the coast, to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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