The parents of twin boys who drowned when they fell in a pond have said they are devastated by the death of their "miracle babies". Two-year-olds Rhys and Shaun Scott were found in a garden fish pond in Dalgety Bay, Fife, on 13 March.
Police officers and Scottish Ambulance Service personnel were called to the family home at about 8:20am GMT and the boys were taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy but later died, Police Scotland said.
In a statement issued through police, parents Mervyn Scott and Sarah Aitken said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support at this unfortunate and difficult time. 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 thanked medical staff, family, friends and others for their efforts in trying to save "our miracle babies". The parents are being supported by officers as inquiries are made to establish the circumstances that led to their deaths.
MSP Alex Rowley said: "This is awful news and is every parent's worst nightmare. The loss of two young lives from the same family is just heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers, and those of the whole community, are with the family."
Another local councillor Gavin Yates said: "Dalgety Bay is a town in mourning. As a dad of twins myself I was numb after being told of this. The community here is strong and resilient but this news is a huge shock to us all. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the boys."
Messages of condolence from residents of the coastal town poured in on social media sites. Flowers and messages of support have also been left at the family home. One note reads: "Rest in peace little ones."