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Six youths rescued from River Dee island after levels rise at Potarch

Six youths have been rescued from the River Dee in Aberdeenshire after getting into difficulty on an island.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service teams from Aberdeen and Dundee were called out to Potarch Bridge just after 20:30 after water levels rose, leaving the youths unable to get back to shore.

The teams used an inflatable rescue sled to bring them to safety by about 22:15.

A rescue helicopter was also called out, but was later stood down.

No-one was injured.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spokesman said: "We were requested to assist emergency service partners following reports of a group of youths in difficulty on an island at the River Dee, near Banchory.

"Operations control mobilised two fire appliances and two water rescue units to the scene, at Potarch Bridge, where crews used a rescue sled to assist six youths to safety from a ledge.

"The individuals were then passed into the care of Scottish Ambulance Service personnel for a precautionary check."

The SFRS added: "It might be tempting to cool down in areas of open water during this heat wave - but there are potentially serious consequences. Don't risk it."

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