River Nith rescue boy, 15, in critical condition

Dumfries Infirmary Scott Couper remains in a critical condition in Dumfries Infirmary

A teenager remains in a critical condition in hospital after getting into difficulty while out swimming in the River Nith near Dumfries.

The incident happened at about 19:30 on Wednesday when emergency services were called out to the riverbank at Carnsalloch Gardens near Kirkmahoe.

Scott Couper, 15, from Dumfries, was taken to the town's infirmary.

He had been out swimming with six friends when it is believed he suffered problems under water.

Police have urged parents to remind their children of the dangers involved with playing at, or near, water.

"Remember underwater currents may be stronger and the water may be deeper than you think," a statement said.

"There may also be thick undergrowth under the water that you are not aware of and could become entangled in."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South Scotland



Min. Night 1 °C


Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.