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Massive police hunt is launched as girl, eight, vanishes in Scottish river

A 12-year-old has died after falling into a river in Scotland today, police have confirmed. 

Police crews and the emergency services, including a helicopter, rushed to the River Leven in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, at 6.46pm to reports of two people missing in the water. 

One person was reportedly recovered safely, while the young girl, who was recovered from the water at 9.45pm, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.  

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Around 6.45pm on Sunday, 9 August, police were called to a report of a 12 year-old girl in difficulty in the River Leven, near Balloch Bridge.

‘Emergency services attended and searches were carried out. Around 9.45pm, the young girl was recovered from the water. Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her relatives have been informed.

‘Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident, but the death is not being treated as suspicious and a full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.’       

Earlier today a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: ‘We were alerted at 6.46pm on Sunday, August 9 to reports of a person in the water in Balloch.

‘Operations Control mobilised two appliances and two water rescue units to the scene at Balloch Bridge.

‘Firefighters currently remain on the scene working to assist their emergency service partners.’

A spokesman for the the Maritime and Coastguard Agency previously said: ‘At 7.09pm this evening we were asked (by the police) to send the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick to assist Police Scotland at a search at Balloch, Loch Lomond.’ 

Today West Dunbartonshire Police confirmed that routes near Balloch Road had been closed. 

In a statement on Twitter the police said: Motorists are advised that Balloch Road is currently closed between the A82 roundabout and Carrochan Road, Balloch due to an ongoing police incident at the River Leven. 

‘Please use an alternative route.’ 

The incident comes just a day after a man in his 20s drowned in a water-filled quarry at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, after ‘getting into trouble in the water’.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am when the man was reported missing.

On Sunday a woman in Waxham also died following reports that she had been struggling while in the sea.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 5:30pm this afternoon but the woman was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.  

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