Family pay tribute to 10-year-old boy who died after 'getting into difficulty' in Loch Lubnaig

25 June 2020, 14:03

A young boy who died at Loch Lubnaig yesterday has been named as Michael Heeps
A young boy who died at Loch Lubnaig yesterday has been named as Michael Heeps. Picture: Twitter

By Maddie Goodfellow

A young boy who died after getting into difficulty in a loch in the Highlands has been named as Michael Heeps from High Valleyfield.

The 10-year-old’s family say he was a “much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin”.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

Emergency services were called to Loch Lubnaig, near Callander, at 5.35pm on Wednesday, but were unable to save the youngster.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A 10-year-old boy has died following an incident in Loch Lubnaig, near Callander, on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

"Emergency services were called around 5.35pm to reports of a child experiencing difficulty in the water.

"Sadly, the boy died.

"There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: ”We were called at 5.37pm on Wednesday, 24 June to reports of a person in the water in Callander.

“Two appliances and two water rescue units were called to the town’s Stank Road.”

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute has today issued fresh warnings on water safety for people to stay safe during the hot weather.

Michael Averill from the RNLI told LBC News that people should avoid the water.

"Although the temperatures recently have peaked at 26C to 28C the sea and water itself remains dangerously cold, it's less than 15C," he said.

"This means that there is a real danger of cold water shock.

"Our advice is not to enter the sea, to stay safe and to keep yourself, your family, your friends and the 999 responders as safe as you possibly can by not putting yourself into any danger."

On Wednesday, thousands of people travelled to beaches and beauty spots around the UK after temperatures peaked at 32.6C.

It was the hottest day of the year so far, beating the previous record of 28.9C set at the end of May.