Woman dies in Ar­broath cliffs plunge tragedy af­ter res­cue alert

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Po­lice have con­firmed the death of a woman in an Ar­broath cliffs in­ci­dent on Thurs­day night.

The woman was re­cov­ered from the sea fol­low­ing a ma­jor emer­gency re­sponse in the area north of Vic­to­ria Park and rushed to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee but did not sur­vive.

Her iden­tity and age have not been re­leased but po­lice have said there are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the tragedy.

The ma­jor emer­gency re­sponse was launched around 7.15pm with po­lice, am­bu­lance, coast­guard and lifeboat per­son­nel in­volved.

Ar­broath all-weather lifeboat Inch­cape and in­shore craft Robert Fer­gus­son were both tasked as part of the re­sponse.

The woman was picked up by lifeboat per­son­nel and trans­ferred to the RNLI sta­tion at the har­bour be­fore be­ing taken to Ninewells.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice Scot­land can con­firm that a woman has died af­ter an in­ci­dent at Ar­broath cliffs yes­ter­day evening at around 7.15pm.

“There are no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances and a re­port has been sent to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.”

A coast­guard spokesman said: “The Ar­broath lifeboat and Ar­broath in-shore lifeboat were launched, as well as the Carnoustie Coast­guard Res­cue Team and the Mon­trose Coast­guard Res­cue team.

“We were con­tacted for as­sis­tance at 7.40pm.”

Lifeboat crews were stood down around 40 min­utes later.

A spokesman for Ar­broath lifeboat sta­tion added: “The ca­su­alty was res­cued and brought back to the lifeboat sta­tion and on to an am­bu­lance.”

Later on Thurs­day night, Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew res­cued a woman who fell from the Tay Road Bridge.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just af­ter 10pm and re­sulted in the clo­sure of the bridge in both di­rec­tions for a short time.

Coast­guard teams from St An­drews and Carnoustie were also sent to as­sist.

The ca­su­alty was trans­ferred into the care of the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice but is not thought to have suf­fered se­ri­ous in­jury in the in­ci­dent.

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