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Boys rescued after being cut off by River Tyne

River Tyne in Haddington Pic: Jake Scott
Image caption The incident happened at the River Tyne in Haddington

Three boys have been rescued from a small island in an East Lothian river after they were cut off from dry land.

The boys 11, 12 and 13 had been cycling along the bank of the River Tyne at Clerkington Walk, Haddington, on Sunday when they became stranded.

They were rescued by Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service following the incident at about 16:00.

The boys were uninjured. It took firefighters about an hour to rescue them.

A fire service spokeswoman said: "Playing around water can be dangerous.

"In this case, the boys were able to raise the alarm and emergency services reacted swiftly to rescue them."

Suffering hypothermia

She added: "It's a salutary reminder, particularly to parents, to make sure you know the area your children are playing in, you know it is safe and that your children know not to take unnecessary risks and what to do if something goes wrong."

In a separate incident, a woman was rescued from the sea after being found 100m offshore from Kirkcaldy promenade in Fife on Saturday.

The woman was rescued at 00:05 after being in the water for an hour.

An RNLI lifeboat spokesman said: "The female was understood to have been in the water for about an hour.

"When the lifeboat located the casualty she was suffering from hypothermia.

"The casualty was extremely lucky to be found as it was dark, and visibility was limited."

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