THE Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) has urged Cumnock and Doon Valley residents to stay safe around water this summer.

The warning came after a woman’s body was pulled from the River Ayr in Catrine and several other tragic deaths and near misses in waterways across Scotland.

Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the drowning prevention charity has issued advice on how to avoid being caught out.

RLSS’ national drowning prevention coordinator, Kenny MacDermid said: “We have enjoyed a spell of warm weather in Scotland.

“As the weather improves and we head into the summer, it’s natural for people to make a beeline for water, to have fun and cool off.

“All we ask is that people are aware of the hazards and take note of simple water safety advice.”

Simple steps that you can take to keep safe around water include swimming where lifeguards are present and bringing a friend so that there is always someone with you.

The RLSS also advise that you don’t swim too far out and stay parallel to the shore so you are never to far from help.

They also warn that the current is stronger than it looks – it may not be visible – and that water is colder than it looks.

For more information on water safety and how to keep you and your family safe this summer, visit