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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 August 2007, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Body found in river teen search
Balloch Bridge
Coastguards warned people about the dangers of jumping into water
Police divers searching for a teenager who went missing after jumping into a river have recovered a body.

Sean McSkimmings, who could not swim, was among a group of youths jumping off Balloch Bridge at the south end of Loch Lomond on Friday evening.

The 17-year-old, from Alexandria, failed to surface after one jump from the bridge.

The alarm was raised at about 2020 BST. Police said his body was found by divers shortly before midnight.

Clyde Coastguard, a Strathclyde Police helicopter, police divers and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service were involved in the search for the teenager.

Coastguard officials warned people about the dangers of jumping into the water from bridges, sea walls and other structures.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

On Sunday, a 36-year-old man died after getting into difficulties when he went swimming in the early hours of the morning at Inchmurrin on the loch.

Insp Andy Hutton, from Strathclyde Police, said too many people were taking risks.

He said: "No matter how inviting the waters appear, there are always dangers that have to be taken into consideration if you're going to enter the water.

"Many lochs and rivers in Scotland have particularly strong currents, particularly cold waters, and even the strongest and most experienced swimmers can find themselves in great danger."


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