Ardrossan’s Coastguard rescuers responded to 13 emergency callouts in June.

As well as dealing with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team have been called out to reports of persons in the water, missing person searches supporting Ayrshire Police Division, concern for person calls, maritime emergencies and providing specialist support to partner agencies.

As well as responding day and night to emergency callouts, the team have undertaken nine days of incident prevention patrols coinciding with the exceptionally warm and sunny summer weather.

This included high visibility coastal patrols as lockdown restrictions began to ease.

On Sunday, June 28, the team responded as part of a multi-agency callout with person rescued from the water near Troon Harbour.

A spokesperson for the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Like many other organisations, we have adapted our approach to callouts and training to support personal safety and physical distancing,.

“Although our weekly face-to-face training sessions remain halted at present, the team continue to meet every week online for virtual training.

“June and July is also normally an exceptionally busy time for the team with proactive public engagement and community events, however this just isn’t possible this year given the current climate.

“This doesn’t mean we are sitting idle though with plans already being developed and put in place for community engagement bigger and better for 2021 and once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”

In a coastal, beach or cliff emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.