South Scotland

River Nith body search 'draws a blank'

River Nith
Image caption A body was reported floating face down in the water near the St Michael's Bridge

A search operation has been stood down in the River Nith in Dumfries after reports of a body being seen.

Police said they received a call at about 10:55 from a member of the public who thought they had seen someone floating face down in the water.

The incident happened near to St Michael's Bridge in the town.

A large-scale search was carried out but police said it had "drawn a blank" and they would now be taking a "watching brief" in the days to come.

The coastguard, Nith Inshore Rescue and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were all involved in the operation.

It searched the river downstream of the town but failed to find any evidence of a body.

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