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Dumfries and Galloway quad bike death inquiry arranged

Rescue teams and the upturned quad bike
Image caption Mrs Weir's quad bike was recovered from Burnsands Burn in Thornhill

An inquiry is to be held into the death of a woman who is thought to have been swept away while crossing a flood-swollen burn on a quad bike.

The incident happened near the home of Linda Weir, 58, at Crairieknowe Farm, near Thornhill north of Dumfries.

She was reported missing on 5 April and her body was eventually discovered further down the river 17 days later.

An inquiry has now been scheduled to take place at Dumfries Sheriff Court starting on 18 January next year.

A major search operation was launched after Mrs Weir was reported missing.

Her quad bike was found partially submerged in fast-flowing Burnsands Burn which runs into the River Nith.

It is thought she had been trying to navigate the vehicle through the water when she was swept away.

Police, an inshore lifeboat, mountain rescue teams, search dogs, and an RAF helicopter joined the search.

It was not until 22 April that her body was eventually recovered from the River Nith near Carnsalloch.

A fatal accident inquiry will now examine the circumstances surrounding Mrs Weir's death.

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