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Man drows after trying to swim across Loch Lubnaig

Date
20/06/2010
What Happened
Person tired/overwhelmed by water
What Caused
Adverse environmental conditions
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Lack of awareness of hazards/obstacles
Injury Details
Drowning
Outcome
Accident suspected
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
A 20-year-old man drowned in a loch after he made the fateful decision to swim across the chilly waters back to his car.

Ross Nelson, 20, and a pal dived into Loch Lubnaig, near Callander, Stirlingshire, for the 120-metre trip to their motors parked on the opposite bank.

But both lads got into difficulty in the icy 4C (39F) water.

A fisherman managed to pull Ross's mate out - but the 20-year-old vanished into the murky depths.

Central Scotland Police launched a massive rescue op with the Royal Navy and coastguard using helicopters and night vision kit. Ross was located using underwater cameras but pronounced dead at the scene.

A police source said: "Ross and a friend thought it would be easy enough to swim to the other side. but both got into difficulty.

"It does not appear they had been drinking, and it's not clear if there was a large undercurrent or weeds.

"But the loch is extremely cold, which people don't expect when the weather is so warm."

Sunday evening's tragedy came just a day after 13-year-old Declan Shanley drowned trying to help a pal in Glasgow's River Kelvin.

Ross and five of his friends had parked two cars on the east side of the loch before walking to the west bank to soak up the sun.

When they left at around 7.30pm Ross chose to swim back to the other side of the loch.

His shattered family were last night too upset to talk about the tragedy at their home in Falkirk.

A police spokesman urged the public to take care around water during the summer weather.

He said: "While it might be nice on the lochside, conditions in the water may be completely different."
Supporting Information
http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/3023624/Man-dies-after-trying-to-swim-across-Loch-Lubnaig-Stirlingshire.html

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