South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s spokesperson for the Rural Economy Colin Smyth has urged people across the south of Scotland to stay safe around our coastlines and rivers as lockdown restrictions are eased.

On Friday, the Scottish Government announced plans to allow people to travel short distances in the local area for exercise, including outdoor swimming, kayaking and angling.

However, the RNLI in Scotland have asked the public to be extra careful as changes to lockdown rules do not mean a safer coast and water temperatures remain dangerously low.

Colin Smyth said: “I would urge anyone who is considering travelling a short distance to their local beach or river for exercise or leisure to remain vigilant about the many dangers which exist around our coastlines and waterways and not to take any risks.

“This is especially important as the fine weather continues, and it is important to keep in mind that while the temperature outside heats up, the water remains very cold.

“Do not put yourself, your family or the emergency services at risk by not following advice. We are all keen to get out and enjoy a bit more freedom as lockdown measure are slowly lifted, but this must not be at the cost of your health or life.”

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