A paddleboarder was rescued from the sea yesterday after coming into difficulty battling with adverse weather.

With winds of up to 46mph ripping their way across the water, the RNLI Girvan Lifeboat crew set out to locate the stricken person just after 11am yesterday.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched and speeded north to the Culzean Bay area, also involved with the operation were the Girvan Coastguard Rescue Team and SAR Helicopter Rescue 199 from Prestwick.

A thorough search was carried out in tricky conditions and poor visibility, but eventually the casualty was located three miles offshore.

The lifeboat crew retrieved the paddleboarder and the paddleboard from the water and gave them medical attention.

On return to Girvan, further first aid was provided by the crew and it was deemed no further treatment was required and the casualty was handed back into the care of family members.

A spokesperson from the RNLI Girvan Lifeboat Crew said: "We would take this opportunity to remind the public they should always have a means of calling for help and that the conditions are suitable for undertaking your watersports or activity prior to departure, you can find further advice using the link below."