The Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team was called out shortly before 10am this morning to reports of a person in the water near Irvine Harbour.
The team responded immediately alongside colleagues from Ayr Coastguard Rescue Team, Troon Lifeboat, the Prestwick-based HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R199, Ayrshire Police Division, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
As the multi-agency operation swung into action, the man was successfully recovered to safety by the crew of Rescue Helicopter 199, with the Coastguard Rescue Teams on scene ready to deploy Water Rescue Operators into the sea if required.
The teams have then secured a landing site with Rescue Helicopter 199 landing on at Irvine Beach Park with the casualty thereafter being transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service where they were conveyed to hospital by ambulance.
With no other persons in difficulty or requiring assistance and the casualty on their way to hospital, the rescue resources have thereafter been stood down with the team returning to station to compete the necessary paperwork and repack the equipment deployed.
We are not in a position to provide any further information with regards to the casualty or their condition.
Our thanks to our emergency service colleagues and also to the voluntary group Coast Watch Irvine for their assistance.