Water warning in warm weather

Scottish Water is urging care near inland waterways.
Scottish Water is urging care near inland waterways.

Scottish Water is reminding people to play it safe in or near rivers, reservoirs and lochs following the death of a teenager near Edinburgh last week.

The company is repeating its warming against taking risks around watercourses and calling on children in particular to take care during the holidays and any spells of warm weather.

Steve Scott, Scottish Water’s regional communities team manager, said: “While it’s important that people across Scotland take pleasure in the country’s beautiful lochs, rivers and reservoirs, it’s also vital that they stay safe.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is backing Scottish Water’s call.

Carlene McAvoy, community safety development officer, said: “During periods of hot weather and school holidays, there is often a rise in the number of accidental drownings which is why it is important to be extra vigilant around inland waters.

“The water can be a lot colder than expected, which can lead to a swimmer going into cold shock. There may also be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank, so don’t go alone, and consider how you are going to get out of the water before you get in - be honest about your ability.”