Specialist water rescue in Ayr

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Man pulled from South Ayrshire river by SFRS boat crew

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Firefighters saved a man from the River Ayr after the service received reports of a person in the water near the town's Holmston Road shortly after 6:10pm on Wednesday (June 26).

The man was plucked to safety by a crew from Ayr Community Fire Station who used a rigid inflatable rescue boat, known as a rib, to reach the casualty and return him to the riverbank.

A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: "This incident shows the wide-ranging rescue skills needed in the modern firefighter.

"Firefighters train for a wide variety of complex scenarios in order to protect our communities and provide the public with the specialist rescue service they deserve. Those involved in this incident can take pride in a job very well done.

"Their skill and professionalism meant an effective specialist rescue was carried out, successfully getting the man out of the water and into medical care."

With the extent of the man's injuries unclear, firefighters used a rescue board to stabilise him and ensure he could be safely moved to the care of paramedics waiting on the ground. Suffering from suspected hypothermia, he was taken by ambulance to Ayr Hospital.