Two-year-old twins who are believed to have fallen into a fish pond while their parents thought they were indoors have died.
Toddlers Shaun and Rhys were rushed to hospital in Dalgety Bay, Fife, yesterday morning, but doctors were unable to save them.
It is understood their parents, named locally as Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott, believed the boys were playing inside when they fell.
The brothers were pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
A statement from Police Scotland said: ‘We received a call around 8.20am on Saturday, March 12, following a report of concern for two children at an address in Dalgety Bay, Fife.
‘Two male twins, aged two years old, had reportedly drowned in a fish pond and officers attended with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Local MSP Alex Rowley described the incident as ”every parent’s worst nightmare”.
Officers are supporting the family as police try to find out exactly what happened.
Images on social media showed the a cul-de-sac at the scene cordoned off with police tape and officers standing guard at the front of the home.
It is understood the pond is in the back garden of the house.
Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey said the community was shocked.
He told the Daily Record: ”It is enormously sad and my heart goes out to the family.
”I cannot begin to imagine what the family are going through – it is everyone’s worst nightmare. The whole community is shocked.
”As local councillors, we were all notified that two young children had fallen into a pond and died. To think it is twin boys is heartbreaking.”
Mr Rowley said: ”This is awful news and is every parent’s worst nightmare.
”The loss of two young lives from the same family is just heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers, and those of the whole community, are with the family.”
Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene to help the boys.
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