South Scotland

Maritime emergency exercise begins off Galloway coast

A two-day exercise is getting under way off the coast of Galloway to test the response to a major maritime emergency.

Exercise Equinox involves the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Dumfries and Galloway Council and emergency services.

A "simulated incident" will be held on the first day of the operation followed by an analysis of performance.

The exercise is designed to help improve the response to any major incidents in future.

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