Tragedy at Banton Loch

A man died at Banton Loch on Saturday, June 19 after getting into difficulties in the water, police have confirmed.
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Banton Loch

The tragedy had sparked a major rescue operation in the town with eyewitnesses reporting a heightened presence of the emergency services racing to the north shore of the beauty spot after 3.30pm.

One said: "We saw fire engines an ambulance and police, including two boats on trailers.

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"The footpaths to the east shore of Banton Loch were closed, and there were around 18 or more emergency responders from all services, apparently engaged in the retrieval of a casualty from the loch, with CPR being carried out on a casualty for at least 20 minutes."

A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed "Emergency services were called around 3.30pm on Saturday, June 19 after a 47-year-old man got into difficulty at Banton Loch in Kilsyth.

" The man was recovered from the water and pronounced dead at the scene. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 3.18pm on Saturday, June 19 to support a multi-agency response to an incident near Colzium House, Stirling Road, Kilsyth.

"Operations Control mobilised a number of resources to the scene to assist partners."

Police have since told us there are “no plans” to release any further details about the man who died.

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