Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to assist with missing person search at Ardrossan

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.06pm on Tuesday 7 January 2020 Troon RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to assist Police Scotland with a missing person search at Ardrossan.

Troon RNLI all-weather lifeboat within Troon harbour

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Troon RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' within Troon harbour
In high winds and heavy rain, the volunteer crew assembled and the Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat was soon underway to assist in the search alongside local police officers, a Coastguard Senior Coastal Operations Officer (SCOO), Largs and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Teams.

Due to the weather conditions, D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena and its crew were taken by the shore crew by road using the station Land Rover to launch closer to the scene.

As both lifeboats arrived on scene to commence a search information came through from Belfast Coastguard that they had been informed that the missing person had been located by Police so the lifeboats could return to station.

Both lifeboats returned to Troon, where the lifeboats were made 'Ready for Service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Troon D Class inshore lifeboat ready to be taken to Ardrossan by the station Land Rover

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Troon D Class inshore lifeboat 'Sheena' ready to be taken to Ardrossan by the station Land Rover

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