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Police Scotland issue water safety advice in Argyll and Bute

Police Scotland have advised the public to take precautions when out and about near water this summer, as temperatures rise in Argyll and Bute.

Police Scotland have advised the public to take precautions when out and about near water this summer, as temperatures rise in Argyll and Bute.

 

Police Scotland is urging residents in Argyll and Bute to take care in the outdoors during this good spell of warm weather.

Over the last few weeks the service has seen a steady flow of tourists heading to lochs and rivers throughout the region, with people taking full advantage of the warm weather and venturing into the water to have a good time.

The forecast for the next few weeks in general is for hot weather to continue and Police Scotland strongly urges people to take care when visiting beaches, lochs and rivers in the area. The water temperature can still be extremely cold, despite the temperature on land being hot, and this means you can get into difficulty within seconds.

Underwater obstructions and undercurrents can be present and many lochs have steeply shelving shorelines meaning that people can quickly get out of their depth.

Please don’t drink alcohol and then go swimming or take part in other recreational water activities. Alcohol affects people’s judgement and abilities and people can easily make dangerous decisions when under the influence of alcohol and put themselves at extreme risk.

Chief Inspector Gary Stitt, area commander for Bute, Cowal, Helensburgh and Lomond, said: “Argyll and Bute is a beautiful place with stunning scenery and plenty outdoor activities to get involved in. Tragically at this time of year we hear of far too many accidents occurring involving members of the public getting into difficulty whilst out on the water.

“Only this week we again witnessed a tragic accident where a young boy lost his life after getting into difficulty in a river in the Glen Orchy area of Argyll.

“The excellent weather is here to be enjoyed and please make the most of it when it is here, however, please take care when out and about and enjoying the weather and ensure you all return home safe and well at the end of your trip.”

 

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