Man dies after being swept from cliffs

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A MAN has died after being swept out to sea from rocks while fishing near to Arbroath yesterday (Sunday).

Aberdeen Coastguard said the 49 year-old was with two other men when the incident occurred.

The group were fishing in area known as Diel’s Heid, pictured above when a huge wave dragged him into the water around 12.20 p.m.

His two fishing partners raised the alarm and both the Coastguard and the Arbroath RNLI crew attended the scene.

However, despite their best efforts to resuscitate the man, he died at the scene.

A spokesman for Arbroath RNLI said: “A request from HM Coastguard was received at approximately 12.20 p.m. and both the all-weather lifeboat RNLB Inchcape and inshore lifeboat Duncan Ferguson were launched immediately thereafter.

“The casualty was subsequently recovered from the sea by the volunteer crew from the inshore lifeboat shortly after and front line casualty care was administered while the crew made their way quickly back to harbour.

“Upon arriving at the harbour the lifeboat volunteers and crew from the land ambulance continued to apply care until the casualty was taken to hospital.”

However, Tayside Police confirmed the man had died.

A spokesman said: “At 12.30 p.m., approximately one mile east of Arbroath, a 49-year-old man was swept into the sea by a wave while fishing off the rocks.
“Two other fishermen with him contacted Aberdeen Coastguard and lifeboats were launched from Arbroath.

“Aberdeen Coastguard maintained contact with the witnesses and the man was located quickly. “However, despite efforts to resuscitate him, he died at the scene.”
The man’s identity has not been released by police.