Man camping at Water of Leith crushed by falling tree

A man has been crushed to death by a tree after it fell on his tent while he was camping overnight in Edinburgh.

Saturday, 6th August 2016, 12:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:36 pm
The man was camping near Miller Row in the Dean Village when the tree fell on his tent. Picture: Jane Barlow

Two men were camping on the banks of the Water of Leith when the huge tree came down.

One of the men died as a result of the incident.

Emergency services were called to the to the scene at 3.30am yesterday on Miller Row, in the Dean Village area of the city.

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A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to an area of woodlands on the south bank of the Water of Leith, accessed from Miller Row.

“A very large tree had fallen on a tent in which two men were sleeping and, sadly, one of the men was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A 35-year-old man also suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.

“Officers have consulted with the appropriate partners who are confident that the tree fell as a result of natural occurrences.

“We’re currently working to trace the deceased’s next of kin, and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Miller Row is a pedestrian only lane next to the picturesque Water of Leith walkway.