HeadLine: SWING HORROR
The Mirror, 20/07/2002, p1
by SHAUN MILNE
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy died yesterday after accidentally hanging himself
on a rope swing.
He was playing on the swing attached to a tree when the rope got
tangled round his neck, police said.
The tragedy happened at Lovat Bridge Caravan Park on the banks of the
River Beauly in Inverness-shire.
A police source said last night: “It appears to have been a tragic,
Paramedics fought to revive the boy at the scene and called in the
Inverness-based air ambulance to fly him the 13 miles to Raigmore
Hospital in Inverness.
Police closed off the hospital access road to allow the helicopter to
land immediately outside Accident and Emergency.
But the tragic youngster was pronounced dead soon after.
CID officers were last night interviewing holidaymakers and residents
who stay at the caravan park, about a mile-and-a-half from the village
of Beauly. It is believed people staying in one of the three caravans
overlooking the scene tried to save the schoolboy.
It was confirmed at the scene that the boy was from Beauly and not a
visitor staying at the park.
Two or three children were seen playing in the area earlier in the
afternoon but it was still not known if the boy was alone when the
The boy’s parents were at his hospital bedside when he passed away.
His is not being named until other relatives have been informed.
Police last night sealed off the park as they continued their inquiries
and the rope swing was no longer in place.
Rope swings have always fascinated youngsters, but have regularly
caused serious injury and deaths.
Just last month Tommy Murphy, 12, from Airdie, in Lanarkshire, fell to
his death as he played on a rope swing near his home.
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