Police Scotland have issued a further reminder to the public to take care when in, on or beside the water this summer, following the death of a 10-year-old boy in the River Orchy, near Oban, on July 22.
During the school holidays, and in particular during hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning. On average, 40-50 children drown per year in the UK.
Police Scotland advise that, to keep yourself safe, learn to spot and keep away from dangers. The dangers of outdoor water sites include:
- it can be very cold
- there may be hidden currents
- it can be difficult to get out (steep, slimy banks)
- it can be deeper than it looks
- there may be hidden rubbish e.g. broken glass, shopping trolleys
- no lifeguards
- may be polluted
Take note of any special flags or notices that are present which can be in place to both inform and warn of any dangers. Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves.
If you see someone in difficulty, go to the nearest telephone and dial 999, asking for the police at inland water sites and the coastguard at the beach.
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