Stay safe near water says body

Scottish Water is reminding people to take care and play it safe near the county’s rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer.

The water authority is warning against taking risks around watercourses of any kind and is calling on children and parents in particular to make sure they stay safe during the forthcoming summer holidays.

Figures show that 407 people drowned accidentally in the UK in 2011, including 47 who were under 19 years old. Almost half the children and young people who died were aged 15 to 19 and drownings in this age group were mostly in a river or loch, according to the National Water Safety Forum.

Stephen Scott, Scottish Water’s regional communities manager, said: “While it’s important that youngsters enjoy their school holidays and that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it’s also vital that they stay safe. We are reminding parents to keep their children safe and asking adults to act responsibly around watercourses.”