A BATCH of marine mammal medics are the newest recruits to a sea life rescue organisation after completing a successful training day at Irvine beach.

The team of 20, who were under the guidance of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue society, were practising manoeuvres and drills commonly used when saving marine life.

Irvine beach was cordoned off so that the rescuers could work both in and out of the water with life-sized models of seals and other aquatic animals.

The training day was a culmination of a week-long theory course which saw the group undertaking online lectures on biology and mammal identification.

David Devoy, the BDMLR coordinator for the Ayrshire and Clydeside team, said: “This was the first of the new style of training courses for BDMLR allowing the new medics to have a full day of training on the beach and in the water

“At the end of the day, the medics all received their official certificates and ID cards.”

The medics are now part of BDMLR and will join teams across the UK in saving marine mammals.

If you come across an injured sea mammal, the BDMLR has asked that you call their helpline on 01825 765546.