Two youngsters who jumped into the Tay have escaped from the police.
The Tele reported yesterday that an emergency response had been launched after two youths jumped into the River Tay.
Police and firefighters sprung into action at around 3.45pm after a member of public had contacted them to say the two youngsters had taken off their t-shirts, plunged into the water, come out and then re-entered the river near Perth.
Fire fighters were said to be using an inflatable slide to help rescue the youngsters, while police were trying to locate them on Moncreiffe Island.
A police spokesman told the Tele today: “They eventually left the water and ran off from police. So they weren’t arrested.”
A police statement said: “Police Scotland attended at the River Tay in Perth yesterday afternoon in response to reports of two males having entered the water from the Queens Bridge. They were both seen to get out of the water safely near Moncrieffe Island and made off.”
Youths jumping off the Queen’s Bridge into the River Tay has become a common sight during the summer months.
The statement added: “There have been a number of incidents in recent years of people being seriously injured jumping off the bridges in Perth.
“The river is often very shallow or, when deeper, has dangerously strong currents. It is extremely dangerous and irresponsible to do this, as it places both yourself and rescue services in jeopardy.”