Calls for barriers after OAP reversed into Dundee harbour

Calls have been made for safety barriers to be put in place after an elderly man reversed his car off the road and over a wall at Broughty Ferry harbour.

Two fire and rescue appliances, an inshore lifeboat crew, an ambulance and at least four police vehicles were called to the harbour after a man reversed his Seat car off the road and into the harbour on Saturday.

The man, understood to be in his late seventies or early eighties, was taken to hospital after injuring his hand.

Following the incident, residents expressed concern that adequate railings or barriers are not in place to prevent such an incident taking place.

Currently, there are limited safety measures at the edge of the harbour to limit the chance of cars going over the edge.

Paul McGillvery, 33, who witnessed the incident, said: “There are no railings there and I have thought before there would be no way to stop a vehicle if it was to go over.”

Broughty Ferry councillor Craig Duncan echoed his concerns and said it would be useful to install some sort of barriers.

Craig Duncan

He said: “These could be railings, boulders or concrete blocks which prevent your car from rolling too near the edge. On this occasion the ending wasn’t too bad and the gentleman did not sustain any major injuries.

“However, in other locations, incidents like this have happened and the ending hasn’t been so good.

“I had already planned to meet with officials at Broughty Ferry harbour this week and the barriers are definitely something I will bring up with them.

“The meeting is the perfect opportunity to raise these concerns.

“I am in agreement that safety measures are definitely something that need to be put in place in the area.”

Neil Cooney, communications secretary at Broughty Ferry Community Council, said if best practice suggests barriers should be introduced the group will look at the options.

He added: “The type of incident over the weekend is not a regular occurrence. It isn’t something that is happening often.

“We understand why there may be a call for these safety measures and would certainly discuss the possibilities.

“The main thing for us is that the area is a safe environment for locals and tourists as it is a very well used area.

“If best practice suggests that barriers should be introduced then we would definitely look at options. It all comes down to keeping citizens safe.

“There are presently plans for flood defence walls to be erected around the coast of Broughty Ferry and these plans also look at barrier systems around the harbour.”