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Coastguard called out to “false alarm” after reports of a person in the River Ayr

The Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team was called out this evening in response to a multi-agency incident in Ayr.  

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The team was tasked to assist after reports of a possible person in the water in the River Ayr. 

A full multi-agency search was launched including Police, Fire & Rescue, Troon Lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ayr and Ardrossan and the Prestwick-based Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter. An extensive search was thereafter conducted from the land, sea and air by all agencies involved. As the Ardrossan team arrived on scene to liaise with colleagues from Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team, the first informant attended back at the scene and could positively identify a household item recovered from the river as was what they had previously spotted. The call was thereafter classed as a false alarm with good intent and all resources were subsequently stood down. 

The Ardrossan Coastguard team said:

“We would always urge members of the public who need to contact the emergency services to remain at the scene until our arrival to allow further information and more details to be obtained which can assist in our response.” 

Release / Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team

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