Po­lice chief pays trib­ute to heroes of tod­dlers tragedy

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

SCOT­LAND’S most se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer paid a visit to Argyll in the wake of the re­cent tragic in­ci­dent in which two tod­dlers died.

Chief Con­sta­ble Philip Gorm­ley paid trib­ute to the po­lice of­fi­cers and others who were called to the scene, which hap­pened af­ter the car the chil­dren were trav­el­ling in left the A816 and en­tered Loch nan Druim­nean, near Kilmelford.

Speak­ing dur­ing a visit to Lochgilp­head po­lice of­fice on Mon­day, the chief con­sta­ble said: ‘I wanted to come to Argyll and thank peo­ple for what they did on that tragic day.

‘This is a very un­usual kind of in­ci­dent and the pro­fes­sional man­ner in which our of­fi­cers and those from other agen­cies dealt with it de­serves great credit.’

The area com­man­der, Chief In­spec­tor Mar­lene Bail­lie, spoke af­ter the meet­ing. She said: ‘The chief con­sta­ble’s visit was warmly re­ceived by staff. Fol­low­ing the ter­ri­ble tragedy the other week it was a wel­come boost.

‘The work of the of­fi­cers in­volved and that of our part­ners, par­tic­u­larly in Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue, the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, NHS High­land and HM Coast­guard, was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and will have a last­ing ef­fect.’

She added: ‘ The brav­ery of mem­bers of the pub­lic who were at the scene is also de­serv­ing of praise as they, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, put their own lives at risk.

‘Our thoughts and condolences re­main very much with the fam­ily at this sad time.’

Chief Con­sta­ble Philip Gorm­ley, fourth from right, be­side com­man­der Mar­lene Bail­lie and In­spec­tor Mark Stephen, and lo­cal of­fi­cers.

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