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The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Swimmer, 19, goes missing at lake

A search was under way last night after a 19-year-old swimmer was reported missing at a lake. Police said the teenager got into difficulty while bathing with friends at lower Lough Erne, in County Fermanagh.

Body of steamer passenger recovered from lake

The body of a man who went overboard during a pleasure cruise in the Lake District has been recovered, police said today.

Leading article: Monster myths

Thank goodness, you might say, it was in the 1930s, long before Scottish devolution had – to coin a phrase – reared its head. The sight of another head, reared periodically in a Scottish lake, was causing a stir, with Scots more inclined than London officials to believe that it was attached to a mysterious creature of the deep.

Six rescued after Loch Ness canoe swamped

A group of canoeists had to be rescued from a loch after huge waves swamped their boat.

Canoe tragedy father and son named

A father and son who drowned in a canoe accident on a Highland loch were named by police today.

Father and son die in loch canoe tragedy

A family canoe trip turned to tragedy when a father and son were killed while boating on a Highland loch.

Swimming: Final surge buoys Payne to gold

Keri-Anne Payne claimed Great Britain's second gold medal of the world championships when she won the 10-kilometre open water race here yesterday.

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Ainslie wins on Lake Constanz

Ben Ainslie crowned an ever-improving week by winning on Lake Constanz today the German match racing championship. He beat France's Damien Lehl 3-1 saying: "The conditions have been difficult all week, but I have a great team around me."

Close shave as Fletcher fires Scots

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Tragedy at Loch Awe: Two men die after late-night boat accident in Scotland – two remain missing

Two men have died and two are still missing, feared dead, after a boating accident in Scotland.

Search continues after two bodies recovered from loch

The bodies of two men were found by rescue services in a loch in Argyll this morning.

Bodies found in hunt for florist and daughter

Police searching for a missing celebrity florist and her disabled daughter found two bodies today.

Freediving: Sport taken to a new extreme

Competitors dive to 50m in freezing waters without oxygen

How Tasmania's lady of the lake was silenced

New evidence backs claims that pioneering Tasmanian eco-warrior Brenda Hean's plane was sabotaged. Kathy Marks reports
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