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Boy found unconscious in pool

Two Scottish councils have been fined after an incident in which an 11-year-old’s unconscious body was found at the bottom of a swimming pool during a school excursion.

A member of the public discovered the boy at the deep end of the pool and lifted him onto the poolside where CPR was successfully administered.

Following an HSE investigation into the incident, issues were found with staffing levels and lifeguard positioning at the pool, and the effective management of educational excursions at the school; both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council pleaded guilty to safety breaches.

Both parties pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Aberdeen City Council was fined £9000 while Aberdeenshire Council was fined £4000.

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