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Three dead including boy, 9, in latest drowning tragedy as death toll rises

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A boy aged just nine is one of three more people to have died in another swimming nightmare.

A 29-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man have also been confirmed dead following an incident at Pulpit Rock, Ardlui, Scotland.

Fighting for his life in the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, is a surviving seven-year-old boy, Daily Record reports.

Police were called out to the scene on Saturday evening by a member of public worried about the individuals' situation.

Their deaths have added to the 24 others in drowning tragedies related to the UK heatwave since Saturday, July 18.

A statement from Police read: "Police were called around 6.40pm on Saturday, 24 July, 2021 following the report of concerns for people in the water near Pulpit Rock, Ardlui.

"A multi-agency operation took place and sadly, three people were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Formal identification has still to take place but the family of a 41-year-old man, 29-year-old woman and 9-year-old boy have been made aware.

"A 7-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and is currently in intensive care.

"A full report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

A man, 19, from Preston was rescued from the sea in St Anne's near Blackpool but he later died and Connor Markward, 16, died after drowning in Loch Lomond.

The 19-year-old was swimming in open water during the heatwave but got into trouble in the water and had to be rescued by emergency services.

Dean Irvine was just 11-years-old when he died after getting into difficulty at a park on Saturday night in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire.

A huge search was launched after the alarm was raised at around 4.30pm yesterday.

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Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Devastated auntie, Jade Law, announced the tragedy on social media saying she would 'love him forever', Daily Record reports.

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