Highlands & Islands

Boy pulled from water near Gairloch moved to Edinburgh

A boy who was pulled from the sea in the Highlands has been transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Gairloch at about 16:00 on Tuesday.

The Stornoway Coastguard helicopter flew the six-year-old to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Police said the boy was later moved to Edinburgh where his condition is being assessed by hospital staff.

Insp David Ogilvie, of Police Scotland, said officers' inquiries were at an early stage but added the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

He said: "I would urge anybody with information which could help establish the circumstances of what happened to call us."

Gairloch Coastguard Rescue team and the Scottish Ambulance Service were also called to the incident at Sands Caravan and Camping Park.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "We received a call at 15:58 on Tuesday to attend an incident at Sands Caravan and Camping Park near Gairloch.

"We dispatched one ambulance and our helimed air ambulance to the scene.

"One male patient travelled to Raigmore Hospital by coastguard helicopter accompanied by a paramedic."

Quick response

It is the second incident involving a child this month in the area, which is popular with tourists.

On 2 August, two adults and a child were rescued after the small dinghy they were in began drifting out to sea near Gairloch.

Skye's Portree lifeboat was launched after Stornoway Coastguard raised the alarm.

The crews of other boats in the area were able to go the aid of the family and the RNLI volunteers were stood down.

The lifeboat crew said the quick response by the local boats prevented "a potentially serious incident".

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