Baby boy dies after tragic water accident in Scottish Highlands: Two are rescued from incident at harbour before tot passes away

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Baby boy dies after tragic water accident in Scottish Highlands: Two are rescued from incident at harbour before tot passes away

A baby boy has died after a tragic water accident in the Scottish Highlands. Screams and crying could be heard as people rushed to try and save t

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A baby boy has died after a tragic water accident in the Scottish Highlands. 

Screams and crying could be heard as people rushed to try and save the little boy with a pram seen on the side of the jetty at Ullapool Harbour, in Wester Ross, yesterday at around 1.20pm.

The baby and an adult were pulled from the water before the little tot was flown by air ambulance to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said no one else required hospital treatment. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Eyewitness Arianna Hardy, 20, was walking along the front to work at nearby The Ferry Boat Inn when she heard screams and crying. She saw medics trying desperately to save the boy’s life before he was carried into the air ambulance. 

The little boy and an adult were rescued from Ullapool Harbour (picture is a stock image) in Wester Ross. The baby was flown to hospital by air ambulance where he was pronounced dead

The little boy and an adult were rescued from Ullapool Harbour (picture is a stock image) in Wester Ross. The baby was flown to hospital by air ambulance where he was pronounced dead

The little boy and an adult were rescued from Ullapool Harbour (picture is a stock image) in Wester Ross. The baby was flown to hospital by air ambulance where he was pronounced dead

The waitress told the MailOnline someone had jumped into the waters to try and save the baby who she believes was around two to three months old. 

‘It’s just so heart-wrenching, when I saw that pram I thought ‘oh no, please it better not be a child’,’ she said. 

‘It’s just absolutely horrible and the community reaction has been heartfelt for that poor child.’ 

Local Highland councillor Liz Kraft told the BBC she wished to offer her deepest condolences to the boy’s family and the ‘tragic incident would no doubt affect the whole community’.

The Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.’

Three coastguard rescue teams were dispatched to the pier area from Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Inverness.

They were assisted by the Lochinver lifeboat crew – which turned back after launching – and the coastguard rescue helicopter from Stornoway.

Police, harbour authorities and paramedics were also in attendance.

A spokeswoman from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: ‘Coastguard rescue teams from Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Inverness were sent, alongside the coastguard helicopter from Stornoway and the RNLI lifeboat from Lochinver.’

An ambulance spokesman added: ‘An ambulance, air ambulance and HM Coastguard were dispatched to the scene and three patients were transported to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.’

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