Teenager drowns after being swept out to sea after beach party

Sinead Moore
Teenager drowns after being swept out to sea after party at Nairn beach, Scotland
Teenager drowns after being swept out to sea after party at Nairn beach, Scotland

A 19 year-old has drowned after being swept out to sea when he went swimming after a beach party in Scotland.

His friends raised the alarm when he was overcome by strong currents.

Police cordoned off the harbour area as divers searched the water and 14 hours later, the body of Alexander Fraser was recovered by police divers.

The teenager's remains were found at the mouth of the River Nairn, close to the town's harbour in the Highlands, reports the Herald Scotland.

According to the Mirror, Alexander and his friends had spent Saturday night at the EDM-2014 dance music rave on Nairn Beach in Scotland.

The event finished early due to torrential rain and Alexander then decided to go for a swim.

But he soon got into difficulty and his friends began to panic.

One of his cousins jumped in and tried desperately to save him from the swollen river as the tide went out but he was unable to defeat the strong current.

The area is a popular swimming spot and locals often swim close to where a ladder reaches down to the water.

Alexander's body was found shortly after 1pm near the bottom of the ladder, just a few feet away from where he plunged in.

Police, coastguards, lifeboats from Invergordon and Moray, the ­Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth joined in the land and sea search.

A police spokesman said: "On attending, officers found two males in the water, one attempting to assist the other. One managed to get out of the water but the other was lost from sight".

The beach party was organised on social media and it is believed that alcohol was consumed at the event.

There were empty bottles of lager and cider lying near the site of the accident.

A report will be sent to the procurator-fiscal.

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