Troon RNLI launch to inflatable off Irvine
At 1.26pm, on Sunday 14 July 2019, Troon RNLI lifeboat crew were paged by Belfast Coastguard after reports of an inflatable drifting out to sea off Irvine.
Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena launched to assist Ardrossan and Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team who had also been tasked.
As the lifeboats arrived on scene, it was confirmed by the Coastguard teams on the beach that the inflatable was ashore and all persons were accounted for. With this information, the lifeboats returned to Troon where they were made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.
Troon Lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond said ‘With summer underway, please don’t use inflatables at the coast as it is extremely easy for them to be swept out to sea. Every summer inflatables are one of the most common reasons lifeboat crews to get called into action. If you're heading to the beach, please stay safe and remember to Respect the Water. If you see anyone being swept out to sea on an inflatable, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.