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Holyrood Park visitors warned to stay off the ice

posted 12 Feb 2009, 05:04 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 12 Feb 2009, 05:07 ]
Historic Scotland has warned people to take care around the frozen lochs of Holyrood Park, after several reports of people on the ice.

Despite signs warning the public of the dangers, people have continued to take extreme risks by walking on frozen lochs and ponds in the park.

Over the past week, the ranger service has had to deal with three incidents, including members of the public attempting to retrieve objects that have been thrown on to ice, walking on the ice, trying to break the ice and attempting to rescue dogs.

In one incident, youths threw a mattress on to the frozen surface of St Margaret's Loch and tried to walk on it.

They were stopped by the rangers and advised about the dangers of walking on ice.

In another case, 15 youths were seen playing on the ice at Dunsapie Loch.

The ranger service has now increased patrols in the park.

Susan Loch, head of visitor services at Historic Scotland, said: "We absolutely encourage people to get out and enjoy Holyrood Park in the winter months.

"However, they must be aware of the dangers and potentially tragic consequences of trying to break or walk on the ice.

"We ask that adults and young people set a good example by staying off the ice, and dog owners should ensure they keep their pets on a lead."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News