Warn­ings over dan­ger by the wa­ter

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News -

The dan­gers of un­der­tak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in and around wa­ter dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days have been high­lighted af­ter a se­ries of tragedies.

Annabelle Ew­ing, min­is­ter for com­mu­nity safety, warned about the po­ten­tial dan­gers at beaches, lochs and rivers as she vis­ited Aberdeen Lifeboat Sta­tion.

She also viewed new sig­nage in­stalled at Aberdeen beach by Wa­ter Safety Scot­land.

Ms Ew­ing said: “Scot­land’s beaches, rivers and lochs are among our finest nat­u­ral re­sources and every­one should have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy them, par­tic­u­larly in the warmer weather when the sun’s out.

“How­ever, as we have seen on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions in re­cent weeks, wa­ter can be very dan­ger­ous.

“Whether it’s sail­ing, swim­ming, div­ing or fish­ing, any­one un­der­tak­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in and around wa­ter must be aware of the risks and take ev­ery pos­si­ble pre­cau­tion.”

Her visit to the area fol­lowed the death of Ali Ahmed, 19, of east Lon­don, whose body was re­cov­ered from the Falls of Bruar, a beauty spot near Blair Atholl, Perth and Kin­ross, on Thurs­day last week.

A young man’s body was also re­cov­ered from Loch Lomond af­ter he got into dif­fi­culty in the wa­ter last Wed­nes­day.

Michael Avril, RNLI com­mu­nity in­ci­dent re­duc­tion man­ager, said: “Thirty peo­ple lost their lives around the coast of Scot­land in 2016.

“Over half of those peo­ple who died, 57%, did not even in­tend to en­ter the wa­ter in the first place.

“As part of our na­tional drown­ing pre­ven­tion cam­paign ‘Re­spect the Wa­ter’, we’re ask­ing peo­ple to ‘fight your in­stincts, not the wa­ter’ to help stay alive if they fall into the wa­ter.”

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Annabelle Ew­ing, min­is­ter for com­mu­nity safety.

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