- Emergency services were called Dalgety Bay, in Fife, on Saturday morning
- Boys, Rhys and Shaun, taken to hospital but were pronounced dead
- Police are supporting the family and working to establish circumstances
- Devastated parents named locally as Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott
Two-year-old twin boys have died after apparently falling into a fish pond at their family home as their ‘parents thought they were playing inside’.
Emergency services were called to Dalgety Bay, Fife, after the children were discovered in the pool.
They were taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Police Scotland last night confirmed the tragic incident as officers assisted devastated parents, named locally as Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott, following the deaths of their sons, Shaun and Rhys.
Twin boys Rhys and Shaun who died after falling into the fish pond. Their parents Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott have been named locall
Dalgety Bay councillor Dave Dempsey expressed his ‘enormous sadness’ upon hearing of the tragedy
A force spokesman 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.
‘The children were taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy where they sadly died.
‘Officers are supporting the family at this time.
Messages of condolence from residents of the coastal town has poured on to social media sites
Birthday wishes: Police were called around 8.20am on Saturday following a report of concern for two children at an address in Dalgety Bay, Fife
A cordon covered the house as well as two others at the bottom of the cul-de-sac while neighbouring residents remained indoors behind closed curtains
Happy family: Emergency services were called to Dalgety Bay, Fife, after the children were discovered in the pool. The twin boys are pictured here with parents Sarah Aitken and Mervyn Scott
The incident happened in Breakers Way, on the west of the town, which sits on the north shore of the Firth of Forth and overlooks the iconic rail and road bridges