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Troon RNLI launches to a kitesufer in difficulty in Barassie Bay

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.00pm on Monday 13 March 2023, Belfast Coastguard alerted the lifeboat crew after reports of a person in difficulty in the water in Barassie Bay, to the north of Troon harbour.

Stock image of Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' launching on service.


Stock image of Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' launching on service.

The volunteer crew assembled at the lifeboat station and RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena along with Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat were soon launched.

Also attending the scene were other partner emergency services including Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

On arrival it was confirmed that the casualty, a kite surfer, had made it ashore and was in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service. The crew aboard the inshore lifeboat then assisted in the recovery of equipment belonging to the casualty that was still in the water.

With the casualty ashore and their equipment recovered, both lifeboats were able to return to station where they were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

If you see someone in difficulty at sea or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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