Gales blow puppy to its death in sea

● Fer­ries can­celled, trains halted and bridges closed as gales sweep the coun­try

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By PAUL DRURY

A Chi­huahua puppy was blown into the sea yes­ter­day as Scot­land was bat­tered by strong winds from the At­lantic.

The alarm was raised by fish­er­men at around noon that the dog had fallen into Dun­bar Har­bour in East Loth­ian.

The puppy’s 21-year-old owner en­tered the wa­ter af­ter his pet, but was not able to reach it.

A Chi­huahua puppy was blown into the sea yes­ter­day as Scot­land was bat­tered by strong winds from the At­lantic.

The alarm was raised by fish­er­men at around noon that the dog had fallen into Dun­bar Har­bour in East Loth­ian.

The puppy’s 21-year-old owner en­tered the wa­ter af­ter his pet, but was not able to reach it. He then swam to the other side and pulled him­self up a lad­der. As RNLI lifeboat crews tended to them an, an­other vol­un­teer swam out and reached the dog, which was taken to a lo­cal vet but did not re­cover.

Po­lice is­sued an ur­gent travel warn­ing, ad­vis­ing peo­ple in the north and north-east of Scot­land to con­sider call­ing off their jour­ney due to the atro­cious con­di­tions, as a wind speed of 105mph was recorded on the top of Cairn Gorm.

Mo­torists were stranded when the de­ci­sion was taken to close the Dornoch Bridge on the A9 be­tween Tain and Dornoch in Suther­land. The bridge op­er­a­tors say this only hap­pens when gales reach 76mph. For a while, the Forth Road Bridge was shut to dou­ble-decker buses and the ad­join­ing Queens­ferry Cross­ing had a 40mph speed limit im­posed for safety rea­sons.

High wind warn­ings were also is­sued to mo­torists on the Ersk­ine and Clack­man­nan­shire Bridges.

On the M8 in Glas­gow, a lane of the city’s Kingston Bridge was closed af­ter a door was blown across the car­riage­way.

Rail ser­vices to Aberdeen from Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow were af­fected when a tree fell across the main east coast line at Mon­trose. Trains were al­lowed to re­sume af­ter en­gi­neers cut away the part of the tree af­fect­ing the track.

The Met Of­fice was fore­cast­ing gusts of 80mph on Orkney, one of the worst ar­eas af­fected by the con­di­tions.

With a yel­low “be aware” warn­ing per­sist­ing into this morn­ing, North­link Fer­ries said to­day’s ser­vices were “un­der review”.

Fer­ries to the main­land were can­celled as it was deemed un­safe to leave port.

Cal Mac called off a swathe of sail­ings on the west coast, in­clud­ing ser­vices from Oban to Castle­bay, Colon­say, Port Askaig and Ken­nacraig. The routes be­tween Mal­laig and Ar­madale on Skye as well as Ul­lapool to Stornoway were shut down for the day.

In Thurso, High­land Coun­cil took the de­ci­sion to shut Pen­ny­land Pri­mary and Pen­ny­land Nurs­ery Schools due to the wors­en­ing con­di­tions.

Po­lice Scot­land is­sued ad­vice to all driv­ers in the north and the north-east of the coun­try to take ex­tra cau­tion.

Chief In­spec­tor Ste­wart Mackie, from Po­lice Scot­land’s Road Polic­ing Di­vi­sion, said: “The ar­eas most af­fected are An­gus, Dundee, Fife, Aberdeen, Aberdeen­shire, Mo­ray, Na h-eileanan Siar, High­land, Orkney Is­lands and the Shet­land Is­lands. If you are driv- ing a ve­hi­cle which may be vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing blown over in such con­di­tions along ex­posed routes in­clud­ing bridges, please ex­er­cise ad­di­tional cau­tion.”

The Met Of­fice said that the north and north-east would have a “windy old night” last night be­fore things be­gin to ease off this morn­ing. The warn­ing pe­riod ex­pired to­day at 6am.

Martin Bowles of the Met Of­fice said the storm had lasted a long time as the low pres­sure caus­ing it to the north of Scot­land was mov­ing “rel­a­tively slowly.”

To­mor­row should prove calmer and brighter, if a lit­tle colder, for most of the coun­try.”

0 Chi­huahua puppy died af­ter be­ing swept into the sea

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