Troon lifeboats launch to yacht aground outside Troon harbour

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.57pm Saturday 2 September 2017, the volunteer crew of Troon lifeboat were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard after reports of a 34ft yacht with one person on board aground outside the entrance to Troon harbour.

The yacht agound outside Troon harbour from the inshore lifeboat


The yacht agound outside Troon harbour from the inshore lifeboat

The crew attended and launched quickly launched the all-weather and inshore lifeboats to assist. Within a couple of minutes, both lifeboats were on scene and observed the yacht aground on Crab Rock.

The crew of D class inshore lifeboat Telford Shopping Centre approached the vessel and spoke to the sole occupant. The yacht was assessed by the lifeboat crew and did not appear to be taking on water

As it was approaching low water, it was agreed that an anchor would be set out from the yacht and the crew member would be transferred ashore to await high water when the yacht could be removed for the rocks.

The yachts crew member was taken aboard the inshore lifeboat and was transferred to the lifeboat station where he was met by the Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team.

About 6pm, the inshore lifeboat was able to re-attend and was able to remove the yacht from the rocks and tow it to Troon marina where it was secured alongside.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to station where it was recovered and made ‘ready for service’ with assistance of the shore crew.

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414

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Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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