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Cause of mystery River Nith 'discharge' uncovered

The cause of a mystery 'discharge' spotted on the River Nith in March had been uncovered.

Rising sludge which was overflowing from a settlement tank into the river caused was first seen by a member of the public on Friday, 14 March.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, 7 June when a fault in an inlet tank caused a second spillage into the river.

Scottish Water have since repaired all the faults and SEPA have, on six different occasions, found the water quality to be compliant.

“It is reassuring that the incidents were dealt with quickly after they were reported or discovered, however it is less reassuring that it took a report from a member of the public to alert SEPA and thereafter Scottish Water to the incident in March.

“It is also worrying that, at the time of the June incident, a spillage which occurred when the waste treatment operative was not on shift – sometime between 9am on the Saturday and 7am on the Sunday morning – and there seems to have been no monitoring during that time whether the plant was performing to the required standard."

– Elaine Murray MSP, Dumfriesshire (Lab)

17-year-old rescued from the River Nith

Police are urging people not to swim in open water after a 17-year-old boy was rescued from the River Nith.

The teenager was swimming in the river at the rear of Cairn Avenue, Dumfries when he got into difficulty.

A 32-year-old woman who was sitting near by heard his shouts for help and rescued him.

The incident happened on Friday, 11 July.

"The current spell of hot weather does make it tempting to go into rivers and lochs, however we strongly urge people not to do this. Underwater currents, debris which you can get snagged on and even the temperature of the water are all very dangerous and could cause a tragic accident. We also urge parents at this time to speak to their children about the dangers of going into open water, no matter how safe it might look.”

– Inspector Claire Walker, Police Scotland

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Police Scotland warning of water danger

Police Scotland are warning people of the dangers of swimming in rivers following two separate incidents in the region.

Scott Couper died on Tuesday 24 June after getting into difficulty in the River Nith in Dumfries. The 15-year-old was swimming with friends near Carnsalloch last week when he got into trouble.

In a separate incident in the Scottish Borders, two fourteen-year-old girls had to be rescued from the River Tweed after getting trapped near the banking.

"Remember underwater currents may be stronger and the water may be deeper than you think.

"There may also be thick undergrowth under the water that you are not aware of and could become entangled in."

– Police Scotland

Teenager critical after he was rescued from river

A 15-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was rescued from the River Nith near Dumfries.

Emergency services were called yesterday, Wednesday 18 June, at about 7:30pm to the riverbank near Carnsalloch Gardens, near Kirmanhoe.

The boy had encountered difficulty under the water whilst out swimming with friends. He was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and is still in a critical condition.

Police are urging parents to remind their children of the dangers of playing in or near water.

Dumfries and Galloway under flood alert

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an update flood alert for Dumfries and Galloway.

The organisation says water levels within the River Nith catchment area and the remainder of the region have peaked overnight and fall through the morning. River levels have potential to remain elevated but any further flood impacts are expected to be minor.

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Man rescued from River Nith

A 61 year old man's being treated in hospital after being rescued from the River Nith in Dumfries.The man was spotted at around 5:30pm yesterday near to the Whitesands. Dumfries fire and rescue officers managed to pull him from the river.

He was treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police aren't treating it as suspicious but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident.

Crayfish pose 'serious threat' to sea life in Solway

Posters are now being displayed to warn anglers Credit: ITV Border
The crayfish was caught off the banks of the river Nith Credit: ITV Border

Anglers are being warned to kill any crayfish they come into contact with. It comes after the non-native American Signal Crayfish was found for the first time in the River Nith in Dumfries.

The invasive species kills young fish and destroys natural habitats. Fishermen are now being asked to kill the crayfish if found and to take extra care when cleaning their fishing equipment and clothing to prevent eggs being spread.

Invasive crayfish found in Nith

Roy Kerr caught the crayfish Credit: Roy Kerr
Mr Kerr claims this crayfish is the first to be caught in saltwater in Britain Credit: Roy Kerr
The species has already destroyed most of the fish in Loch Ken Credit: Roy Kerr

A local fisherman has raised concerns about the future of sea life in the Solway firth after he claims he caught the first American Signal crayfish to be found in saltwater in Britain.

Roy Kerr, from Kingholm Quay in Dumfries, said the species has already wiped out most of the fish in nearby Loch Ken.

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust say that the presence of crayfish would be detrimental to the health of the Nith catchment as they cause bank instability from the act of burrowing, increasing the erosion of the river banks and sediment input to the river.

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