Body pulled from water near Forth Bridge after three-hour search

A body has been recovered near to the Forth Bridge at South Queensferry.

Saturday, 8th June 2019, 9:09 am
A body was pulled from the water near Hawes Pier, South Queensferry. Picture: TSPL

Emergency services rushed to the scene close to Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, at around 3.30pm on Friday, 7 June following reports of a person in the water.

A multi-agency recovery was conducted with police, ambulance and coastguard crews all in attendance.

Police confirmed that a body was recovered after a search lasting almost three hours.

It is unclear exactly how long the person was in the water.

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Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The coastguard responded to calls from the ambulance service at around 3.30pm requesting assistance amid reports a person had entered the water in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry.

"A lifeboat from South Queensferry responded along with a number of commercial vessels.

"A coastguard team from South Queensferry also attended. Crews were stood down at around 6.15pm.

"A body was recovered and it is now a matter for the police."

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