AN ISLAND's coastguard team could be 'back to full strength' after set to welcome three new faces ahead of winter.

The Cumbrae Coastguard Rescue Team announced in the monthly Cumbrae Community Council meeting on Thursday evening (October 26) that they will welcome three new members to the team.

We told last month that the crew were originally seeking two brave volunteers to help carry out vital operations as part of the Cumbrae Coastguard rescue team.

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The volunteers must stay or work on the island and be able to respond to callouts, and the News reported that there was difficulty finding volunteers to join is harder on the island than anywhere else across the country.

Members of the team are all trained in skills including water rescue, mud rescue, emergency casualty care, lost and missing person searches, pyrotechnics and ordnance response, and 4x4 driving.

And the new recruits are set to start training in the New Year.

Providing an update John Wright, deputy station officer at Cumbrae Coastguard, told the meeting: "We have had a quiet month. The busy summer season has passed and the clocks will change this weekend.

"Recently we spent time on the east of the island at Downcraig Jetty talking about how we can get to casualties which tied appropriately after last week's storm.

"We have completed interviews for three new coastguard officers for the Isle of Cumbrae, and they have been doing medical checks this week.

"If all goes well then they will undergo training in the New Year and that will bring our team up to its full strength."