Be safe near water say local police

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As the warm weather continues, Tayside Division of Police Scotland is urging people to remain cautious around rivers, lochs, lakes and the sea.

Each summer, the emergency services have to deal with tragic incidents which have happened when people have got into difficulty on the water. Tayside is not immune and has witnessed tragedy in recent years.

Police Scotland would discourage people from the dangerous act of ‘tombstoning’, whether from cliffs, harbour walls or bridges.

Jumping or diving into water from a height is inherently dangerous given uncertainty over the water’s depth and the force at which the person can enter the water.

Playing in and around a busy harbour is also clearly unsafe and there have been near misses in recent years between fishing boats and youngsters jumping into and swimming in harbour areas.

Open water is a magnet on warm summer’s days, but no one should be fooled by the attraction of hot weather and an apparently calm surfaces. Never underestimate the natural forces of any open water – including their varying currents, temperatures and depths.

Just as important, no one should ever overestimate their own swimming ability. People should only swim in designated areas and children should never swim unsupervised.

We would advise that no one, irrespective of age, heads to the water alone and no one should ever go swimming if they have been drinking alcohol.

Many people take their boats and other craft to the foreshore after months of inactivity and it is vital that they check to ensure they are seaworthy. Owners must take time to familiarise themselves with their speed boats or personal watercraft - more commonly known as jetskis – as many are capable of speeds in excess of 40 mph.