Firefighters rescue man from River Tay

Firefighters from the specialist water rescue team conduct a training exercise involving swimming to a casualty such as the rescue in Perth. Picture: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters from the specialist water rescue team conduct a training exercise involving swimming to a casualty such as the rescue in Perth. Picture: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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A SPECIALIST water rescue team swim to save a man from the River Tay in Perth

The team entered the river at Queen’s Bridge on Wednesday morning and brought the man to safety.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crew waded into the water from the riverbank and swam to the casualty after police officers threw him a line from the bridge above.

A Fire Service spokesman said: “He was quickly saved from the water by the firefighters and immediately passed to the care of ambulance personnel.

“The emergency services’ operation followed a call made around 9:55am, which reported a man was in the water and being swept towards Queen’s Bridge from the North Muirton area of the city.

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“Three crews from Perth Fire Station were sent to the scene in two fire engines and a specialist technical rescue vehicle.”

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