AN exercise for dealing with beached marine mammals is to take place in the Three Towns this weekend.

The Mass Stranding Exercise will be carried out by British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), Ardrossan Coastguard and Police Scotland on Saturday, October 6.

During the operation, life-sized models of two pilot whales and a dolphin weighing up to three tonne will be used.

Attending medics will work together to assess the situation, give care to and prepare the marine mammals for refloat. They will then attempt to refloat the mammals when the tide allows using specialised equipment.

David Devoy, area coordinator at BDMLR Clydeside and Ayrshire, said: “This will test our medics to the full as they will not know what the exercise involves until they arrive on scene, coming from all over the Southwest region and Dumfries and Galloway.

“We will also be working in partnership with Ardrossan Coastguard and police who will be there to assist and monitor what we do in preparation for future inter-service partnerships.”