42-year-old man dies in horror jet ski crash near popular holiday park in Scotland on hottest day of the year

By Dan Barker and Paula Murray and Tom Cotterill

06:45 May 13, 2024, updated 06:45 May 13, 2024

Scotland’s scorching weekend ended in tragedy yesterday after a skier died following a horror accident at sea.

As the country enjoyed two of the hottest days of the year so far (after one of the wettest Aprils on record), Scots flocked to beaches and parks to soak up the sun.

But the glorious weather was marred by a tragic incident when a water skier was pronounced dead after two of the boats collided off the Kirkcudbrightshire coast.

The 42-year-old man was airlifted to hospital at around 5.35pm on Saturday after the crash near Auchenlarie Holiday Park, near Gatehouse of Fleet.

The man, whose identity has not been revealed, suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

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A man has died in a horror jet ski accident at Auchenlarie Holiday Park, near Gatehouse of Fleet in Scotland.
The 42-year-old man was airlifted to hospital at around 5.35pm on Saturday with serious head injuries (holiday resort pictured).

Jet skis can weigh up to half a ton and reach speeds of 112 km/h.

Police Scotland confirmed last night that he died as a result of his injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.

Detective Inspector Graeme Robertson said his thoughts were “with the man’s family and everyone affected by this tragic incident”.

Mr Robertson said: “Our investigations to establish what caused this collision are ongoing and at an early stage.” He encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

Auchenlarie Holiday Park is described as having “direct access to a secluded beach overlooking picturesque Wigtown Bay”.

Just hours after the jet ski accident, a 74-year-old hiker fell to his death in the Highlands while climbing the 2,811-foot Beinn a’ Chrulaiste in Glen Coe. The alarm was raised around 7:30 p.m. after he did not return from the walk. Fourteen members of Glencoe Mountain Rescue were dispatched and found his body halfway up the summit about an hour later.

News of the double tragedy came as Scots enjoyed the last of this weekend’s mini heatwave. Temperatures reached 23.6C in Kinlochewe, Ross-shire yesterday, while Scotland recorded its hottest day of the year so far on Saturday when thermometers hit 25.7C in Cassley, Sutherland.

The tragedy took place on Saturday and last night Police Scotland declared the man had died from his injuries.

The sunny streak came to a dramatic end yesterday when the thunderstorms arrived. Much of the country was expected to experience torrential rain as the storm moved east, with more than an inch expected to fall in just an hour in some areas.

The Met Office yesterday issued a 13-hour weather warning for thunderstorms across much of western and central Scotland amid fears of flooding.

The yellow alert was to end today at 3:00 a.m., after coming into force yesterday at 2:00 p.m. Firefighters will welcome the rain, which came after the country was placed on high alert for bushfires.

Three fire engines had to be sent to Brimmond Hill, outside Aberdeen, late on Saturday after a large gorse fire broke out.

While temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal in May over the next few days, Marco Petagna, from the Met Office, said: “Later in the week we may need further warnings for heavy rain, which could be stormy on Wednesday and Thursday”.

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