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The Health and Safety Executive have successfully prosecuted two Scottish councils following a near-fatal accident at the Stonehaven Open Air Pool in 2012.

In court, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council pleaded guilty to safety breaches which led to the swimming pool accident and the near-death of an 11-year-old boy.

During a school excursion to the swimming centre, the boy, who could not swim, got into difficulty and was spotted lying at the bottom of the pool. A member of the public rescued the child and brought him to the surface.

At the poolside, the boy was not breathing and had no pulse. He was taken to Aberdeen Children's Hospital where he received emergency treatment from doctors. He was later transferred to Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children where he made a "remarkable" recovery.

The court heard that the teacher in charge of the children had not made a full risk assessment for the trip, and neither she nor her colleagues had received training on how to fulfil such an assessment.

Aberdeen City Council, the local authority responsible for the school, was fined £9,000 at the city's sheriff court, while Aberdeenshire Council, which operates the pool, was fined £4,000.

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