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Boy, 3, dies in Kirkcaldy seafront accident

A three-year-old boy has died after being swept into the sea from the esplanade at Kirkcaldy.

Forth Coastguard was alerted to the incident at 15:20. Coastguard, police, ambulance and fire service personnel attended.

The boy was recovered from the sea and taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, but died a short time later.

Fife Police have said they will release the boy's name once all immediate relatives are informed.

After the boy received emergency medical attention at the scene, he was taken by ambulance to hospital but died at about 17:00.

A Forth Coastguard spokesman said there had been a "fairly high swell" in the water as a result of the last three days' weather. "It was going over the wall in places," he added.

Supt Dougie Milton said police were "keen to establish the full facts of how this apparent tragedy occurred".

A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said that specially-trained officers were with the family of the boy.

He said: "This was a tragic accident and we are doing everything we can to support the family at this very difficult time.

"Our thoughts are with them and we are providing as much practical assistance as possible, however due to the family circumstances, it may be some time before we are able to issue the identity of the child."

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