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Drink warning after river rescue

Coastguards have issued a warning after two people who were "heavily under the influence of alcohol" had to be rescued from an island in the Forth.

A coastguard team on patrol spotted the man and woman, aged 27 and 20, trying to make their way back from Cramond Island to the mainland on Sunday.

A spokesman said the pair had been in danger of being swept away.

An inshore lifeboat was called out to rescue the pair, who were treated for shock and hypothermia.

They were then taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a precaution.

'Foolhardy action'

A coastguard spokesman said that while the weather had been fine, there was a heavy swell and a force five wind.

"Any attempt to reach the shore would have proved futile for the two casualties," he said.

Simon Smart, watch manager at Forth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said the pair had been lucky that the rescue team had been nearby.

He said the "foolhardy action" could have ended in a double tragedy.

He urged people to pay attention to the crossing times at the causeway and warned: "The sea and alcohol do not mix."

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