The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has issued a warning for people to stay safe in and around water this summer, following the deaths of six people in Scotland’s waterways between 23 and 24 July 2021.
Scotland’s many waterways have hidden dangers, such as fast moving currents or obstacles which can present a risk. Additionally, even during high temperatures, the water can still be extremely cold and people can get into difficulty due to cold water shock, which can interrupt breathing, cause loss of strength and coordination and affect swimmers of any age, fitness, or experience level.
Water Safety Scotland is a voluntary association of organisations and individuals, whose main purpose is to understand the risks around water in Scotland, and engage with partners to develop a consistent approach towards the prevention of water related fatalities.
Source: SFRS, 26 July 2021