At 8.43pm on Thursday 8 June 2023, both Troon RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after 3 persons were observed drifting offshore onboard an inflatable off the coast at Irvine.
Due to the nature of the incident Rescue 199, the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick was also tasked alongside coastguard teams from Ayr and Ardrossan.
The crew began make their way to the station, and shortly after RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat
RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena were launched.
With the helicopter arriving on scene first, the aircrew assessed the situation and were able to winch all persons from the inflatable as the lifeboats approached the scene.
The helicopter then made the short trip to the nearby beach where all persons were transferred into the care of the waiting coastguard teams.
The lifeboat crew assisted by recovering the inflatable before returning to the station where the lifeboats were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
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