Safety warning issued after boy’s death in reservoir

Youngsters are being warned to play safely around Scotland’s rivers, reservoirs and lochs.

It follows the death of a 14-year-old boy who drowned at a reservoir near Edinburgh last week.

Scottish Water are advising young people not to take risks around watercourses and are calling on children in particular to take care near water during the summer holidays and spells of warm weather.

Steve Scott, Scottish Water’s regional communities team 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 people to act responsibly around watercourses.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is backing the company’s advice.

Carlene McAvoy, community safety development officer at RoSPA Scotland, 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, such as rivers, lakes, lochs, quarries and reservoirs.

“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 swimming ability.”