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Troon inshore lifeboat launches to drifting inflatable off Ardrossan

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.31am on Monday 4 June 2018, the pagers of Troon lifeboat crew were activated by Belfast Coastguard after a 999 call from a yacht advising they had located three adult males drifting in an inflatable dinghy.

A yellow inflatable dinghy containing fishing equipment that was found by the yacht recovered to the pontoon at Ardrossan


The inflatable that the 3 casualties were found onboard by the yacht

The volunteer crew quickly launched the D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena and made their way towards the yachts position as the yacht took the casualties on board and towed the dinghy to Ardrossan harbour.

Whilst the inshore lifeboat was on route, the yacht entered Ardrossan Harbour where it was met by the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team who attended to the casualties before transferring them into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

On arrival at Ardrossan and liaising with the coastguard team, the inshore lifeboat was able to return back to Troon where it was made ‘Ready for Service’ with the assistance of the shore crew.

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

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

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

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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