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The Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team was called out shortly before 5.30pm yesterday to reports of an injured male on the beach at Stevenston after falling off a motocross bike.

The team responded immediately and quickly returned to the Coastguard station having only left a short time earlier following the team's successful Festive Food Bank Open Day.

While preparing to depart the station, contact was made with the first informant to confirm the exact location of the casualty, with the team thereafter proceeding to Stevenston Point to access the beach towards Irvine using the team's 4x4 vehicle.

The casualty was quickly located with immediate casualty care being provided by the team with RNLI Troon Lifeboat Inshore Lifeboat and All Weather Lifeboat also proceeding towards Stevenston.

With the ambulance Special Operations Response Team (SORT) en route, both lifeboats stood off to provide additional options for extraction with two ILB crew coming ashore to provide additional assistance.

A short time thereafter, the SORT paramedics arrived on scene utilising their 6-wheel all terrain vehicle and following an assessment of the casualty, an extraction plan was devised utilising the lifeboat.

Given the distances and terrain involved, a vehicle extraction was deemed unsuitable with all agencies on scene packaging and extracting the casualty to the Inshore Lifeboat. The casualty was then further transferred to the All Weather Lifeboat and taken to Troon Lifeboat station where they were handed over to an awaiting ambulance.

With the casualty successfully extracted, the team and SORT have stood down and vacated the beach back to Stevenston Point, where resources were stood down to return to their respective stations.

The team has then returned to station to clean the vehicle and replenish medical supplies used, complete the necessary paperwork and then booking off duty and returning home.

The Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to those in need at the coast and beyond.

Search and Rescue - it's what we do.

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


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