Volunteers from Troon's RNLI lifeboat raced to Barassie beach on Friday to help a yacht that had run aground. 

The lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 11.20am on May 31 after a ‘Pan Pan’ emergency call from a 10-metre yacht with one person on board drifting towards the shore.

The crew attended and quickly launched their Trent class all-weather ‘RNLB Jim Moffat’ and D class inshore lifeboat ‘Sheena’ to assist.

Within a couple of minutes, both lifeboats were on scene, but observed the yacht now aground.

The crew of the D class inshore lifeboat approached the vessel and spoke to the sole occupant.

As it was approaching low water, it was agreed that an anchor would be set out from the yacht and the crew member would be transferred ashore to await high water when further attempts could be made to remove the yacht from the beach.

The crew member was taken aboard the inshore lifeboat and was transferred to the lifeboat station where they were met by the Ardrossan coastguard rescue team.

Both lifeboats then returned to station where they were made ‘ready for service’ with assistance of the shore crew.