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Warning after River Nith rescue teen death

A 15-year-old boy from Dumfries has died after getting into difficulty in the River Nith. Scott Couper was swimming with friends near Carnsalloch Gardens on Wednesday 18June when he suffered problems whilst under the water.

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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

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