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Man jumps into River Nith to rescue phone

This incident follows the ongoing search for Macauley McQueen. Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning people of open water dangers after a man jumped into the River Nith in Dumfries to rescue his mobile phone.

He got into difficulty but was helped out of the water by two bypassers.

This latest incident comes off the back of a major search for missing Dumfries teenager Macauley McQueen, who hasn't been seen since entering the Nith last Monday.

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

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.

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