Police Confirm Discovery of Body in Loch Ken After Extensive Search

A body has been discovered during the search for a man who encountered difficulties at Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway. On Tuesday, the 20th of June, at approximately 13:50 BST, the body was found in Loch Ken, as confirmed by Police Scotland.

The incident was initially reported to the authorities on Sunday, prompting a large-scale operation involving a search and rescue helicopter and the coastguard. The man had been in the water near Loch Ken Holiday Park, adjacent to Castle Douglas, when he failed to resurface. His friends, who were with him at the popular swimming spot, raised the alarm.

Police officials have stated that the death is not considered suspicious, and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal. While the next of kin has been notified, formal identification procedures are still pending.

A search and rescue helicopter joined forces with firefighters, ambulance workers, police officers, and coastguard teams at the location where the man encountered trouble. This area is frequented by swimmers, sailing boats, and paddle boarders, particularly during warm weather.

The discovery of the body occurred during drowning prevention week, prompting warnings about the risks of cold water shock and consuming alcohol before entering open water.


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