Police plea to people to stay safe on water at Loch Lomond

Police are urging people to act responsibly in Loch Lomond following a number of potentially fatal accidents on the water.

David Cameron, a park ranger for Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park Authority, said: “Over the weekend, we reported 32 byelaw violations and witnessed a number of incidents including collisions between jet skiers and between a boat and a jet ski. We also attended an emergency call to a capsized yacht and helped tow numerous boats back to safety.

“Please make sure your boat is fully maintained before you even think about coming on to the Loch and make sure you have enough fuel for your trip. When out on the water, please make sure you’re familiar with the byelaws including speed limits. You need to make sure you’re carrying sufficient lifejackets for the number of people onboard.

“And finally, please respect other users on the water. Loch Lomond is a big stretch of water, there is room for everyone if people behave responsibly. We don’t want to spoil your fun this weekend but we do want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time out there.”

Police Scotland will be out with rangers on patrol boats this weekend as part of Operation Ironworks. For information visit www.lochlomond-trossachs.org