Teenagers in Solway rescue

A warning about swimming in open water has been issued after two young girls had to be rescued from the Solway Firth in the Stewartry when they found themselves in difficulty.

The girls - aged 12 and 16 - were pulled to safety by lifeboat crews when members of the public saw them struggling against strong currents on Monday near Rockliffe.

Kirkcudbright coastguards, the Kippford RNLI Lifeboat and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Bulmer were called out.

The girls, who were in shock but unhurt, were checked out by a medic from the helicopter who was lowered by winch.

A coastguard spokesman said: “The girls were caught in the tidal current which can be very dangerous around the coastline of the Solway and parents must keep a close watch on youngsters.

“Checks must be made on currents and the state of the tides to try and prevent a tragedy.”