RNLI crews from Troon went to the aid of the sinking yacht on Saturday lunchtime


A sinking yacht was recovered by RNLI and coastguard crews on Saturday after it ran aground off the coast of Scotland.

Troon all-weather and inshore lifeboats were sent to the scene following reports that a 25ft yacht with machinery problems needed assistance near to the harbour entrance of Ardrossan.

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Skippered by a solo sailor, the yacht was unable to make way under sail and, high on the spring tide, went aground on rocks.

Once at the scene, it became apparent that the yachtsman on board had abandoned the vessel and had made his way to shore.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “The yacht was by this time sinking quickly, having been holed when going aground.

“Although no life in danger, the lifeboat crews, assisted by members of the coastguard mobile team, put lines ashore to aid the vessels recovery and also to prevent the possibility of the vessel drifting on the falling tide and becoming a hazard to shipping.”