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Rescue drama off Ardwell Bay

EMERGENCY services have been involved in a dramatic operation to help two people aboard an inflatable dinghy. Initial reports indicated a man had become unwell and that a woman swam ashore for help and the Free Press put this to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCGA) Press office. Drummore Coastguard said on their Facebook page that they were at Ardwell Bay and "were waved down by a member of the public. Two casualties had lost their oar from their dinghy which was being dragged out by the tide. "Both casualties swam back to shore, very exhausted and cold. Many thanks to HM Coastguard Portpatrick, Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and Rescue 199 helicopter for their assistance. "Casualties passed over to SAS to be checked over." A spokesman for the MCGA told the Free Press at 11pm: "At 2.25pm today, Drummore and Portpatrick Coastguard rescue teams, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick and Scottish Ambulance Service were tasked to reports of an unconscious male at Ardwell Bay. "An abandoned inflatable was also found. "The man and a female were both passed into the care of Scottish Ambulance."

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