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Multi-Agency Response To Fire Onboard Vessel Near Ardrossan

The Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team was called out shortly before 6.30 pm to reports of a fishing vessel with a fire on board west of Ardrossan.

The team responded immediately with RNLI Troon Lifeboat also being launched to assist. The incident was being coordinated by Belfast Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) with the casualty vessel proceeding south towards Troon.


The team initially took up a vantage point at Saltcoats and quickly made visual contact with the vessel who confirmed with MRCC Belfast they had successfully extinguished the fire.


As Troon Lifeboat arrived on scene and in consultation with the skipper of the casualty vessel, the decision was made to continue their passage to Troon being escorted by the lifeboat. The team has thereafter relocated to Troon Harbour with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also being requested to attend for casualty vessel coming alongside.

The vessel was then assisted alongside and once secure, the team has then reverted to providing immediate water rescue cover for the attending fire crews, who boarded the vessel to confirm the fire had been fully extinguished and there was no further risk of the fire reigniting.


With the attending fire crews satisfied the risk of fire no longer existed, the crew safe and well, and the vessel secure alongside, all resources were stood to return to their respective stations.


Once on station, the team has repacked equipment, completed the necessary paperwork, and then booked off duty returning home. This is the 29th incident the team has been tasked with in July, making it the busiest month on record for the team.


In a coastal emergency always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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