Young man dies after kayak capsizes on Loch Ayrshire as tributes are paid to ‘one in a million boys’
A tragic kayaking accident has resulted in the death of a young man on an Ayrshire loch after a boat capsized during a camping trip.
Tributes were paid to Scott Ferries, who died on Sunday after running into difficulty in Loch Doon.
Scott’s father, James Ferries, confirmed to Ayrshire Live that his son died after a kayak carrying two people capsized in the water.
The 24-year-old had been out with a friend on the water when disaster struck the Dalmellington beauty spot around 1.15pm.
Mercy crews rushed to the scene, but unfortunately Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another man was seen by paramedics but did not require further medical attention.
Heartbroken friends and family paid tribute to Scott who hailed from Kilmarnock but was staying in Ayr.
The popular mechanic and Auchinleck Academy alumnus has been described as a “lovely boy”.
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Scott’s devastated father James posted an emotional message on Facebook, prompting an outpouring of tributes.
James said: ‘The family now know that my baby boy Scott passed away today enjoying life, camping and kayaking with his roxy and friends. I love you baby boy gbnf.
Shocked relatives commented on the post honoring Scott which was hailed as ‘one in a million’.
One relative commented “I love you brother, until we meet again. Now you are higher than you could ever be here.”
Another post read, “Rest in heaven my amazing boy! You were loved by everyone! Start the drifts and keep us all safe, we love you brother.”
Another person posted: “Rip Scott Ferries! A great mechanic and a great person. Absolutely devastated for you and your family.
Scott is the youngest of five children, with three older brothers James Junior, Kyle and John and older sister Angela.
Dad James has told how his ‘wonderful son’, lived for his family, friends and his dog Roxy and enjoyed spending time outdoors while being a hands-on mechanic at the family business, Somerset Garage in Ayr.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Officers received reports of two men in difficulty in the water at Loch Doon, Dalmellington at around 1.15pm on Sunday March 27.
“One man died at the scene. The other man was assessed by paramedics but did not require further medical attention.
“A report will be submitted to the tax prosecutor but there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”
Scott’s death comes months after new safety measures were launched at the Ayrshire beauty spot.
A new lifeboat, emergency vehicle access slipway and 17m pole have been installed as part of the action sparked by the death of another youngster Brandon Patton – who died in May 2019.
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