Two die yards apart in Tweed

Two people who died by the River Tweed outside Kelso over the weekend have been named as Lillian Snell, 96, of Pinnacle Hill Farm and Calum Romanis, 19, of Berrymoss Court.

Their bodies were recovered by search and rescue teams early on Monday morning after Mr Romanis was reported missing the previous day.

Fears for the safety of the Kelso teenager grew when he failed to return home from a night out on Saturday and, following the hunt, officers found his body at around 9am.

Moments later, the body of pensioner Mrs Snell was discovered a short distance away in a tributary in a wooded area after being spotted by a passer-by from a nearby public path.

Lothian and Borders Police are treating the deaths as unrelated and say there are no suspicious circumstances.

The area was sealed off and Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU) and the Border Underwater Search Team were called to help with the recovery.

BSARU deputy team leader Stuart Fuller-Shapcott told us: “The 19-year-old was found following a police search. It was harder trying to reach him because there was a 12-foot drop into the water from a wall so we had to use a boat and diving team.

“The lady was found in a tributary on the opposite side of the river.

“The chances of two bodies being found in the river at Kelso are extremely slim. I can’t think of anything like this ever happening before. From a police perspective, how many Monday mornings do you get things like this happening in a town like Kelso? It’s extremely unusual.

“But the conditions were bad over the weekend. It was seriously cold and there was snow, so anybody who was outside would have been at risk wherever they were.”

Mr Fuller-Shapcott said the body of Mr Romanis was found and recovered by four divers assisted by teams on the riverbank using ropes and other equipment. The “complicated” recovery was completed by 3pm on Monday.

Police were this week carrying out a full investigation into the deaths and reports have been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.