Teenager dies at RockNess festival

The 19-year-old collapsed in the main area at the RockNess festival on Saturday night

The 19-year-old collapsed in the main area at the RockNess festival on Saturday night

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A teenage boy has died at a music festival in the Highlands.

The 19-year-old collapsed in the main area at the RockNess festival on Saturday night. He is thought to have taken drugs.

The teenager, from Portobello in Edinburgh, was taken to the hospital tent and stabilised before being transferred to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Police said he failed to respond to treatment and died in the early hours of this morning.

A Northern Constabulary spokesman said: "Early indications are that the man may have consumed drugs and this is one of the lines of inquiry at this stage. A post-mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death. His next of kin have been informed." A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Meanwhile, police have named two men killed in a road crash involving a bus taking people to the festival. A van driver and his passenger died of their injuries following a collision with a bus on the A9 at Ralia, in the Highlands. They are Mark McFarlane, 38, and Barry Murray, 28, from the Glasgow area, both painters and decorators.

Police later issued a health warning to all RockNess revellers after two people were taken to hospital.

A 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were taken to Raigmore Hospital from the festival in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is believed they may have consumed substances including "legal highs". They remain in hospital and their condition is not life-threatening.

Police are currently making inquiries into a "legal high" substance known as BENZO FURY which it is believed may have been taken by the pair. Organisers have a range of measures in place at the event to tackle drug use, including searches and the use of drugs dogs, as well as amnesty bins.

Event commander, Superintendent Stevie Mackay, said: "Taking drugs or any medicines, which you have not been prescribed, is an extremely risky thing to do. People may think that legal highs are safe, because they are not classed as a controlled drug, but they are extremely dangerous. If anyone has the tablets described or any other drug, whether controlled or a 'legal high', in their possession, they are advised not to take them and to hand these in. Amnesty bins are available at the main Nesstival entrance or anyone can hand in substances to Crew 2000 at the welfare tent."


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