Arbroath cliffs incident ends in arrest

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A RESCUE operation near Arbroath cliffs earlier this week ended with the arrest of a teenage male.

The Arbroath RNLI crew were mobilised on Tuesday night after reports of a person finding themselves in difficulty in water near Victoria Park.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said: “Both Arbroath lifeboats were launched on Tuesday night following reports that a person was heard shouting for help and in difficulty in the sea close to the cliffs at Victoria Park.

“A request for lifeboat assistance was received just before 9.40 p.m. and both the inshore lifeboat Duncan Ferguson and all-weather lifeboat RNLB Inchcape were launched.

“However, shortly after launching the RNLI volunteers were stood down when it became apparent that there was no emergency situation and all members of the group in the vicinity had been accounted for.”

It is understood that the person had panicked in rock pools while the tide was over 100 metres out and was dry above the knee and in no apparent danger.

HM Coastguard units were also in attendance and sector manager Ross Greenhill was able to cast more light on the episode.

He said: “We were called out by a young lady who was with some friends at Victoria Park in Arbroath. Her friend had been drinking and had gone into the water.

“Drinking and water don’t mix, it’s very, very dangerous.”

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency added: “The Arbroath, Carnoustie and Montrose Coastguard rescue teams, the RNLI’s all weather and inshore lifeboats at Arbroath and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth were all sent to the scene.

“The person was recovered by police officers as our units arrived on the scene. He had gone into the water up to his knees.”

Police Scotland Tayside Division was able to confirm that a 17 year-old male had been arrested and charged in connection with the incident and that a report would be submitted to the Children’s Reporter.

It is understood that the youth was charged with causing a breach of the peace and resisting arrest but Police Scotland was unable to confirm this at the time of going to press.

It has been a busy time for Arbroath RNLI and the local HM Coastguard units who were involved in the rescue of a 13 year-old girl from the sea at Carnoustie foreshore on Monday evening.