Statement on water safety measures on Loch Lomond.
Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the young man at this sad time.
“Water safety is something we take seriously and we work closely with a range of partners including Police Scotland to help ensure that everyone can enjoy water activities safely.
“We work hard to promote water safety including taking part in a recent event where 300 school children learned how to stay safe in and around water, how to enjoy the outdoors safely, and what to do in the event of an emergency.
“Our Rangers routinely patrol Loch Lomond, where possible during peak periods, these patrols are increased and targeted at the busiest areas of the loch. Loch Lomond covers a large area and mobile patrols are the most effective use of our resources. Loch Lomond is unique as it has a volunteer operated rescue boat, and National Park Rangers are also able to assist in an emergency.
“On many of the sites managed by the National Park Authority we have installed and maintain lifesaving equipment such as life rings for use in an emergency.
“Loch Lomond is a beautiful place but it can be dangerous and there are many areas where the water depth changes suddenly and unexpectedly. Even in the hot weather like we have been having recently, the loch is still very cold and shock can set in quickly.
“We would advise anyone swimming or taking part in any water based activity to be aware of their own capabilities and make sure they’re well prepared before getting in the water.”
Information and advice on water safety:
Information about how to enjoy water activities safely in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is available here.
A water safety video is available here.
A safe swim guide is available to download here.
If you are planning to swim on Loch Lomond, National Park Rangers will be happy to answer any questions you might have – contact the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch on 01389 722030.
In an emergency call 999, ask for Police and the rescue boat and provide the exact location of the emergency.