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Early start for RNLI Troon to assist a person in the water at Saltcoats

Lifeboats News Release

It was an early start on Sunday 25 June 2023 for the lifeboat crew when their pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard at 5.09am after reports from a member of the public of a person in the water at Saltcoats.

Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat Sheena


Troon RNLI inshore lifeboat Sheena
With pagers sounding in houses throughout Troon, the volunteer crew woke from their beds and began to assemble at the lifeboat station. With the crew kitted, RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena along with Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat were soon launched and heading to the scene. Also tasked by Belfast Coastguard were the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team.

While on route, information came through from the coastguard on scene that the casualty was now on rocks helped from the water by a member of the public and both were being assisted by a member of the coastguard team.

On arrival, the D class crew approached the rocky location and were able to assist all three persons into the inshore lifeboat before they were taken into Saltcoats harbour with the crew and coastguard personnel providing initial casualty care on route.

Once within Saltcoats harbour, the two persons and the coastguard team member were transferred ashore, and the lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made ready for service with the assistance of the shore crew.

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