Man dies after river rescue in Scottish town

A man has died after being rescued from a river.

The man was pulled from the River Nith, Dumfries, but later died in hospital. PIC: Andrew Bowden/Creative Commons.
The man was pulled from the River Nith, Dumfries, but later died in hospital. PIC: Andrew Bowden/Creative Commons.

James Carruthers, 48, was pulled from the River Nith in Dumfries on Friday evening.

The emergency services were called out after police received a report of a man being seen in the river near College Street at around 7.05pm.

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He was rescued from the water with the assistance of Nith Inshore Rescue, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Mr Carruthers was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but died shortly after arrival.

Police are appealing for witnesses but said his death is not being treated suspicious.

Detective Sergeant Nadine Scott, of Dumfries CID, said: "We're appealing for help to trace his last movements just before he entered the water and anyone who witnessed this incident should contact us."

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