Charis comes to the rescue on World Oceans Day

Charis Simpson with the balloon she retrieved from the sea at Ganavan.

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Oban Seals swimmer Charis Simpson helped protect the sea at Ganavan on World Oceans Day.

The Oban High School pupil from Benderloch, who was swimming with her sister Niamh and other Seals members, spotted a bright red balloon bobbing in the water.

The swimmers thought it was a new buoy before realising it was a balloon and set out in the waves to bring it back to shore.

‘Charis tried to swim after it but ended up having to get out the water, run along the shore and get back in ahead of where it was drifting too,’ said Charis’s mum, Susan Simpson.

‘Niamh and Charis were so upset that it had been floating away in the sea. Needless to say it ended up in the bin. We really have to be better custodians of our planet and that means cutting out unnecessary things like balloons. There are so many alternatives,’ added Mrs Simpson.