Crews continue to search for man seen entering Tay

An exhaustive search for a man who entered the River Tay at Perth on Saturday has resumed today.

A major multi-agency operation involving Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, the RNLI from Broughty Ferry and a helicopter from Prestwick swung into action following reports of the man being in the river. He was earlier spotted on the Queen’s Bridge at about 4am.

The initial search on Saturday focused on the Tay near the Queen’s Bridge but water rescue teams from the fire service then concentrated on the lower Friarton area of the river around 8am, with the helicopter circling overhead.

Search teams then probed a stretch of water near Inchyra.

Scores of emergency vehicles involved in the operation were located in the South Inch car park, including staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service and a police incident response unit.

A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue said their staff stood down from the search around noon on Saturday along with an RNLI crew from Broughty Ferry. There were seven fire units at the scene when the incident first came to light.

Chief Inspector Maggie Pettigrew said: “We carried out extensive multi-agency searches over the weekend and today our Dive and Marine Unit will be carrying out searches near to Moncrieffe Island.

“Our Air and Operational Support Units will carry out further air and land searches.

“If you have any information that could assist us, please contact 101 or speak to any police officer.”

Major operation after man plunges into River Tay