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Boris Johnson almost drowns while paddle boarding during Scotland visit

© Ross GilmoreBoris Johnson holding his son with wife Carrie Symonds in Scotland.
Boris Johnson holding his son with wife Carrie Symonds in Scotland.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson almost drowned while in the sea on holiday in the Highlands, according to reports.

The trip, in which he hired a cottage on the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross, for a week last summer, was cut short amid security concerns after the location was leaked.

But yesterday it was reported the prime minister had to be rescued after being swept away when he went paddleboarding.

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A source told The Times: “He nearly drowned. He got swept away and found himself going further and further out. It could have been a catastrophe.”

Another source said Johnson had been canoeing when his security team became worried and considered calling a rescue helicopter.

His protection officers had begun to swim out to reach him, it’s claimed, when the PM managed to paddle back to safety. Downing Street declined to comment.

Johnson, who’d been on holiday with his now-wife Carrie Symonds, their son Wilfred and dog Dilyn, later hinted he would return to Scotland but is said to have changed his mind.