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Tributes have been left at a reservoir where a young man and a boy drowned while swimming.

The bodies of Sean Marshall, 20, and Ross Munn, 17, were pulled from Mill Glen Reservoir, near Ardrossan in North Ayrshire, by police divers shortly before midnight on Monday.

The pair were with a group of friends when they entered the water at around 7.40pm. One of them got into trouble and the other tried to help but they were both pulled under and did not resurface, police said.

A third man then entered the reservoir to help but could not find them. Friends called police who arrived with divers, a helicopter and around 10 firefighters and coastguard staff.

The families of Ross, from Ardrossan, and Mr Marshall, from nearby Saltcoats, have been told of their deaths, police said.

Friends are visiting the scene to leave flowers and other tributes, including a grey teddy bear. Most were too upset to talk about the deaths.

One woman, Stephanie Hutchinson, stuck a note to the small wall that surrounds the reservoir.

"Still can't believe that both of you have gone, I'm so heart broken. Both of you were very special to me and to all your friends and family. You's were too young, I'll miss you guys so much, if only I could get one more hug and hear your voice one last time. Love you both so much, RIP Ross and Sean," it read.

Mill Glen is around 131ft (40m) wide and 26ft (8m) deep and has an earth embankment dam. It is located among farmland about a mile north-east of Ardrossan and police said it is popular with local people, particularly during the summer.

Carlene McAvoy, Scotland's community safety development officer for health and safety organisation RoSPA, said: "When the weather hots up we understand the temptation to go swimming in open water, like a reservoir, but there are many issues that people may not be aware of. Things to remember are that the water might be a lot colder and deeper than you expect, and there may be strong currents and underwater debris which may lead to even the most experienced swimmer getting into difficulties."


From Belfast Telegraph