A mother and son who died after a day out at the seaside ended in tragedy yesterday have been named as Julie and Lucas Walker.
The alarm was raised at around 4.45pm after five people got into difficulties while playing in the water at the beachfront in Aberdeen.
Six-year-old Lucas Walker was paddling in the water when he was swept out to sea. His mother, Julie, 37, attempted to save him.
A man aged 28, a woman aged 25, and a 13-year-old boy - who tried to save them - remain in hospital for treatment. A major rescue operation was launched and five people were pulled from the water and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Witnesses described the weather conditions as “squally” and the tide was fully in.
Inspector Lorna Ferguson said: “It appears that all three were possibly playing in the water.”
Martin Vicca, owner of the nearby Inversnecky Cafe, said: “The tide was all the way in and at that point it would be reaching six or seven feet up the sea wall.
“There’s a sloped bit of the sea wall then there’s a wee flat bit then a vertical drop. They were on the wee flat bit.
“The first police car that arrived tore down the slope and straight into the water. It was not a question of playing around trying to be safe, waiting for lifeboats or whatever. Members of the public were helping as much as they could.”
Another witness, Claire Lewtas, claimed the woman was videoing the children splashing in the waves in the lead up to the incident.
Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said: “As we work with partners to establish the full circumstances of today’s events, we urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or perhaps has information that could assist, to make contact with police via 101.”