Seventh drowning victim as man dies in hospital

STV News is reporting that a man has died in hospital bringing the total of deaths from a weekend of drowning tragedies in Scotland to seven, writes Peter Cassidy (left).

Sikh Aman Sharma got into difficulty in Loch Lubnaig, near Callander, in the Loch Lomond National Park, at around 3pm on Sunday.

Emergency services attended and the 34-year-old, from Edinburgh, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he died two days later.  Six others died in Scottish waters that same weekend.

The youngest victim was a boy of nine, while an 11 and 13-year-old also died as well as a 41-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman.

The first of the seven fatalities happened on Friday evening, when a 16-year-old boy died in the water at Balloch Country Park, at the south end of Loch Lomond.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 3pm on Sunday, officers were called Loch Lubnaig, near Callander, Pedrthshire, where a 34-year-old man had gotten into difficulty while in the water.

“He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he died on Tuesday, 27 July.

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  1. Very much reinforces the danger of swimming in Scottish inland lochs.

    They may look inviting but with sudden shelving, down drought currents, and bitter cold sub surface water even on the hottest of days, people need to be really careful and should avoid wild bathing and swimming.

    A public awareness advertising campaign would be very much the way to go. As would education in schools. These are measures that would not take huge effort, and awareness and education about risk is really the only way we can improve on these terrible tragedies reoccurring.

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