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Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to a person in difficulty in the water at Ayr

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.36pm on Sunday 18 June 2023, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew for the immediate launch of both lifeboats after reports of a person in difficulty in the water at Ayr harbour.

Troon RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena

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Troon RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena
The crew assembled launching RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena and Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to the scene.

Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard was the Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams and Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter Rescue 199 to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

As the lifeboats approached the scene, they were informed by Belfast Coastguard that the casualty had been assisted from the water by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

With this information, the lifeboat crews were able to stand down and return to station where they were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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