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Troon RNLI lifeboats launch to missing child and person in the water at Irvine

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.34pm on Thursday 28 June 2018, Belfast Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew after reports of a missing child on Irvine Beach.

Troon Trent class all-weather lifeboat and D Class inshore lifeboat heading out of Troon harbour

Nicholas Leach

Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats launching from Troon (stock image)
The volunteer crew assembled at the station launching Trent class all-weather lifeboat RNLB Jim Moffat and D Class inshore lifeboat Sheena to assist Ayr and Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team and local Police officers from Police Scotland.

As the lifeboats were making their way to the scene, further information came through from Belfast Coastguard and Coastwatch Irvine that the missing child had been located.

Belfast Coastguard then re-tasked the lifeboats to a second incident on the beach at Irvine. There had been reports from Coastwatch Irvine of a child in difficulty in the water. The lifeboat crew immediately made their way to this incident and on arrival were informed by the Coastguard Teams on scene that the child was no longer in the water. The crew from the D Class inshore lifeboat then went ashore with the boats Casualty Care kit to assist.

Once on the beach the crew located the child who was in the care of their family and a paramedic the Scottish Ambulance Service.

With the incident in the hands of the Ambulance service and the Coastguard teams the lifeboats were stood down from the incident.

Both lifeboats then returned to station where they were made 'Ready for Service' with the assistance of the shore crew.

If you do see anyone in difficulty as sea or on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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