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Broken down jet ski assisted by Troon RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.26pm Sunday 23 July 2023, with some of the lifeboat crew tucking into their Sunday dinners, the pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a broken-down jet ski off the coast at Stevenston.

Troon D class inshore lifeboat alongside the broken down jet ski


Troon D class inshore lifeboat alongside the broken down jet ski
With dinners left uneaten the volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station where RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena were soon launched and heading to locate the jet ski. Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard were the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.

Not long after launch, the volunteer crew had located the jet ski with one person on board and soon had it under tow to Stevenston Point.

After a short tow, the jet ski was soon alongside the slipway where it was met by the coastguard team.

With the person and jet ski safely ashore, the lifeboats were able to return to station where they were made 'Ready for Service' with the assistance of the shore crew and the crew returned home to reheat their dinners.

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