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Troon RNLI lifeboat crew launched to assist persons in the water at Irvine

Lifeboats News Release

At 8.49pm on Wednesday 27 March 2024, Belfast Coastguard paged the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew after reports to Police Scotland of 2 persons in the water at the River Irvine.


Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat launching on service
Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of Troon RNLI Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist in a search with Largs, Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams and local Police officers who were also heading to the scene.

With both lifeboats launched, Belfast Coastguard provided the volunteer crews with a search plan. The D class inshore lifeboat made its way towards the last known position of the casualties while the Trent class all-weather lifeboat remained searching outside the harbour as the Coastguard Teams searched from the shore.

After a comprehensive search of the area was completed by all the teams, and with nothing found and no further information received, the search was stood down by Belfast Coastguard.

Both lifeboats then returned to Troon and were made ‘ready for service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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