Mas­sive res­cue bid

Emer­gency ser­vices called fol­low­ing con­cern for teen

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

Emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing fire, po­lice, am­bu­lance and coast­guard as well a spe­cialised wa­ter res­cue unit, were called to the scene fol­low­ing re­ports of con­cern for the teenager last night.

The girl did not en­ter the wa­ter and was even­tu­ally re­moved from the banks by po­lice be­fore be­ing handed over to paramedics.

It is un­der­stood she was not hurt in the in­ci­dent and was taken home af­ter she was checked over by med­i­cal staff.

A po­lice spokesman said of­fi­cers were alerted to the drama on the banks of the Tay close to the Queen’s Bridge in Perth around 9.30pm.

The spokesman added: “A mem­ber of the pub­lic con­tacted the po­lice af­ter the girl was spot­ted on the banks at the side of the river.

“Po­lice, along with the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at­tended.

“There was also a wa­ter res­cue unit on standby. How­ever, the fe­male did not en­ter the river and she was taken to the safety of the wait­ing am­bu­lance per­son­nel by po­lice of­fi­cers.

“This was re­garded as a ma­jor res­cue in­ci­dent with a mas­sive turn-out of emer­gency ser­vices.

“It ended with the fe­male safe and well and handed over to paramedics.”

He said a sec­tion of Tay Street be­tween High Street and Ge­orge Street was closed off dur­ing the res­cue.

A spokesman for the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said it re­ceived a call out at 9.40pm.

He said: “Four fire en­gines, two from Perth and two from Dundee, went to the scene. A wa­ter res­cue unit was also de­ployed to the river and was on standby for the du­ra­tion of the res­cue.

“How­ever, the fe­male did not en­ter the wa­ter and the unit was not re­quired.

“We left the scene over an hour later.”

A 16-YEAR-old girl was at the cen­tre of a “mas­sive” res­cue op­er­a­tion on the banks of the River Tay.

Emer­gency ser­vices in at­ten­dance at the in­ci­dent on the banks of the River Tay, fol­low­ing re­ports of con­cerns for a 16-year-old girl.

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