Tayside and Central Scotland

Dog rescue man plucked from River North Esk gorge

A man has been rescued from a deep gorge on the North Esk after he jumped into the river to save his dog.

Coastguard cliff rescue teams were called inland to help recover the man, who was trapped in a wooded gorge, near Edzell in Angus.

The man had jumped into the river after his dog and made it back to shore, but found himself trapped at the bottom of the gorge, near Gannochy Bridge.

The man was "cold but uninjured" and the dog will need treatment on its leg.

Cliff risk

Forth Coastguard was contacted by Tayside Police and Montrose Fire and Rescue Service at 12:30.

It sent cliff rescue teams from Montrose and Stonehaven and they recovered the man from the water's edge up the cliff, where he was checked over by ambulance crew.

A Forth Coastguard spokesman said: "Don't put yourself at risk by attempting a rescue.

"The water is especially cold at this time of the year which only adds to the dangers of going in after an animal or another person.

"Dog walkers should keep dogs on a lead near cliffs and deep water."

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