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Troon lifeboat launched after reports of a drifting vessel off Ayr

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.36am on Tuesday 17 April 2018, the pagers of Troon lifeboat crew were once

All weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' and the recovered canoes


Troon all weather lifeboat 'RNLB Jim Moffat' and the recovered canoes
Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked to assist locating the vessel while the all weather Trent class lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat made its way to the scene.

As the all weather lifeboat approached the boat it was found to be two Canadian canoes strapped together.

After liaising with the members of the public on the shore, the Coastguard Team identified that the canoes had drifted off from near to the River Doon.

The owners were traced and confirmed there were no persons in difficulty.

The canoes were recovered on-board the lifeboat and returned to Troon for the owners to collect before the lifeboat was made 'ready for service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

If you think you see someone in trouble at sea, or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

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