A mum and her two kids were playing Pokemon GO on the beach when they spotted ‘bodies floating in the water’.
25-year-old Rachel McBain immediately called the police and they confirmed that the bodies belonged to a 37-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son who died after getting into difficulty in the sea.
The Mirror reports that the young child had been playing in the sea at Aberdeen beach with another boy, who it’s speculated is his 13-year-old brother, when a wave knocked them over.
The mother rushed to save them but she drowned in the North Sea after getting into difficulties.
I was walking along the promenade with my two kids playing Pokemon Go when we saw the group. My son said, ‘Look, mummy, there are two other kids taking their clothes off’.
I thought, ‘Surely not given the high tide and water being choppy’ but I saw them go into the waves. I turned away for a few minutes and when I looked back I saw the two bodies floating in the water.
I was panicking but phoned the police. The next minute it was absolute chaos and there were sirens within seconds.
— STV News (@STVNews) August 21, 2016
The coastguard were called at close to 4:45pm on Saturday and five people were pulled from the water, including a 13-year-old boy, a man, 28, and a woman, 25, all of whom are being treated in hospitals.
Police Inspector Lorna Ferguson, who led the rescue mission, admitted it wasn’t a typical day for people to be playing in the water due to the weather, before adding: “We are speaking to witnesses and reviewing CCTV at the scene.”
They’re also appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident to explain how these people ended up in the water.
— Colin Wight (@CWightSTV) August 21, 2016
Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said:
This is a very tragic incident which has resulted in a woman and young boy sadly losing their lives – it will undoubtedly bring shock and sadness to the entire city of Aberdeen and further afield.
As we work with partners to establish the full circumstances of today’s events, we urge anyone who witnessed the incident or perhaps have information that could assist, to make contact with police via 101.
Given the recent weather conditions we’d urge members of the public to take care, especially when near coastal or beach areas.