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Early morning callout for RNLI Troon volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.09am on Wednesday 17 January 2024 the crew pagers were activated by Belfast Coastguard following reports of a missing person at Ayr.


Troon Inshore Lifeboat Sheena and crew launching on service
In freezing temperatures the volunteer lifeboat crew left their homes, making their way to the station launching RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Sheena and Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat to assist emergency service colleagues from Police Scotland and local Coastguard Rescue Team

As the lifeboats left the berth, the crew were informed the crew that the person had been found by other emergency services on scene.

With no further lifeboat assistance required the lifeboats were made ready for service with the help of the shore crew before the crew returned home to bed.

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