Scottish Water is reminding people to play it safe in or near rivers, reservoirs and lochs during the summer holidays.
The reminder comes in the wake of the tragic death of a 14 year old boy at a reservoir near Edinburgh last week. Figures from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) show that in 2012, 371 people drowned accidentally across the UK, 43 of them children and young people up to the age of 19; 55% of the accidents taking place in inland waters including rivers, canals, lakes, streams and reservoirs.
Bill Elliot, 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.”
Reservoirs are man made features which have unique dangers such as dams, spillways (overflows) and hidden water intakes (underwater pipe work that takes water out of the reservoir) and other hazards common to natural bodies of water, for example reeds, strong currents, steep banks and deep cold water.
The majority of Scottish Water’s reservoirs are situated in remote locations where there is a lack of immediate assistance.