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Joint service call for Troon and Largs RNLI lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

At 18.48 on Thursday 8 February 2024, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew of Troon RNLI lifeboat station to assist Largs RNLI with a 14m sailing vessel with machinery problems to the West of Great Cumbrae.


Troon RNLI lifeboat and casualty yacht alongside in Troon harbour

With pagers sounding in homes throughout Troon, the volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station and launched Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist Largs inshore lifeboat Atlantic 85 R A Wilson and the sailing vessel.

After a passage to the scene, Troon lifeboat met up with Largs lifeboat and the casualty vessel. After consultation with those onboard, a decision was made to tow the vessel back to Troon. A tow was then established with the casualty vessel by the lifeboat crew allowing Largs lifeboat to return to station.

Just after 1am, both vessels arrived back in Troon where the casualty vessel was secured alongside in the harbour by the lifeboat crew with the assistance of the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.

Following this, the lifeboat returned to station, where shortly before 2am the lifeboat was made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew. The crew were able to return home to get a few hours sleep before they started their day jobs.

Troon RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond said, ‘Working closely with our colleagues from Largs RNLI lifeboat station, we were able to bring the casualty vessel and its crew back to the safety of Troon harbour. Mechanical failure is the single biggest cause of RNLI rescue call outs to sailing and motor cruisers and those onboard did the right thing by contacting the Coastguard. If you get into difficulty at sea, always call the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 or by dialling 999.’

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