Mervyn Scott and Sarah Aitken Pay Tribute To Twin Boys Rhys and Shaun Scott

The parents of two-year-old boy twins who drowned after falling into a fish pond paid tribute to their "miracle babies" on Sunday.

Rhys and Shaun Scott died in Dalgety Bay, Fife, on Saturday morning.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, the twins' parents Mervyn Scott and Sarah Aitken said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support at this unfortunate and difficult time.

Mervyn Scott and Sarah Aitken have paid tribute to their 'miracle babies' who died on Saturday

"We have special thanks to all the medical staff, family, friends, neighbours and the police for their efforts, hard work and time spent helping and trying to revive our miracle babies.

"Both boys were long awaited little soldiers who were full of love, happiness, fun and cheek.

"Individually and together they have touched the lives of everyone they met.

"We along with our family and friends are still in shock and devastated at such a tragic loss from such a 'freak' accident.

"They have been taken from us far too early and will be forever missed and loved.

"We wish to be left alone and be given the privacy needed to grieve."

Emergency services were called to the scene in Dalgety Bay at around 8.20am on Saturday after the brothers had fallen into a fish pond. It is understood the pond is in the back garden of the house.

They were rushed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy but later died, Police Scotland said.