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Loch Lomond rescue team tell of heartache after tragic teen’s drowning

The devastated rescue team who battled to reach tragic Connor Markward have told of their attempts to save the teenager’s life at Loch Lomond.

Connor, 16, died at Balloch Country Par k, West Dunbartonshire, after getting into difficulty in the water around 6pm last night.

Heartbroken friends and family have paid tribute to the popular Glasgow boy- with his brother saying the family’s ‘world came crashing down’.

A huge rescue response was launched with cops, fire crews and Coastguard racing to the scene.

Emergency crews raced to Loch Lomond

Sadly despite frantic efforts, Connor could not be saved.

One of the teams involved, the Loch Lomond rescue boat, told of their sorrow for the family at ‘this incredibly difficult time’ and described the rescue mission.

In a post on Facebook, the team wrote: “At 18.00 on 23/7/21 LLRB were paged by Police Scotland after reports were received of a person missing in the water near to the Balloch area.

“The Rescue Boat was quickly launched and a search of the area at the mouth of the River Leven was immediately carried out.

“Sadly after a short duration the body of a 16 year old male was recovered but had sadly died. All our thoughts are with the family of the boy at this incredibly difficult time.

“Thanks to all other emergency services involved and to our own crew as well.”

The death has shocked the community with many praising the efforts of the rescue crew and condolences for the Markward family.

One person wrote: “So awful for his family and friends. Every year some poor soul gets claimed by the Loch. So very sad for the rescue team too who do such a good job.”

Another added: “So awful for his family and friends. Every year some poor soul gets claimed by the Loch. So very sad for the rescue team too who do such a good job.”

A third commented: “So awful for his family and friends. Every year some poor soul gets claimed by the Loch. So very sad for the rescue team too who do such a good job.”

Tributes have poured in from across the country after the death of the teenager who had attended Lochend Community High School in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow.

Devastated brother Leo announced the death on social media.

He said: “Yesterday my whole world came crashing down.

“My baby bro drowned at Balloch in the most horrible of ways.

“I’ll love you forever my son, sleep tight. Till we meet again.”



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