Police issue warning after trio get into difficulties

Fraserburgh's current lifeboat.
Fraserburgh's current lifeboat.

Police have warned people of the dangers of swimming in the sea following a recent incident where three children were rescued after getting into difficulty in the water at Fraserburgh beach.

The incident occurred at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, July 9, when a 13-year-old boy and two 12-year-old girls were dragged out to sea by the current off the town’s beach, opposite Tiger Hill.

Officers have also commended the quick actions of Fraserburgh RNLI who were tasked to the scene by Aberdeen Coastguard to launch a rescue operation.

Sergeant Sam Buchan, of Fraserburgh Community Policing Team, said: “We wish to thank the quick actions of the Fraserburgh RNLI, whose swift response saved the lives of two of the children in difficulty.

“If it was not for them getting to the scene so quickly then this incident would have most definitely resulted in tragic consequences, as the children were just dipping below the water and were extremely cold.

“Although in this case the outcome was positive, I cannot stress enough to local residents the importance of being extra cautious when it comes to paddling or swimming in the sea, especially if we are in a period of better weather.

“This is especially important during the school holidays when more children will be playing at the beach.

“It is critical to always check the tidal conditions when swimming in the sea,” he added.