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Troon and Arran RNLI lifeboats launched to collision between two vessels

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.17pm on Thursday 25 April 2024, Belfast Coastguard paged Troon RNLI lifeboat crew following a collision between two vessels between Troon and Arran.

Stock image Troon all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat


Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat
As pagers sounded throughout Troon, the lifeboat volunteers began to leave their work and homes, making their way to the lifeboat station.

With Belfast Coastguard co-ordinating the incident, also heading to the scene were the fast rescue craft from the Calmac Ferry Isle of Arran, Arran RNLI lifeboat, two Coastguard helicopters and a RAF Poseidon aircraft.

Also tasked were the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team, two Senior Coastal Operations Officers, officers from Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Arran RNLI lifeboat Atlantic 85 Rachel Hedderwick arrived on scene first, locating 3 casualties within a life raft, that were transferred to Troon Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat. With initial casualty care being carried out by the volunteer lifeboat crews, Troon lifeboat made best speed back to Troon to meet with the other partner emergency services at the lifeboat station.

Once back at the lifeboat berth, the casualties were handed over to the care of the ambulance service and coastguard teams, and the lifeboat crew made the all-weather lifeboat ready for service with the assistance of the shore crew.

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