Lifeboat crews rescue woman from River Tay ‘against all odds’

The Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew was dispatched

A woman had to be rescued from the River Tay after falling from the road bridge in the early hours.

An emergency operation involving, Broughty Ferry RNLI, Police Scotland and the ambulance service was launched at about 2.30am on Sunday.

Shortly after the lifeboats arrived at the scene, the casualty was plucked from the water.

RNLI volunteers then performed first aid on the female while transporting her back to the pier at Broughty Ferry, via the all-weather Elizabeth of Glamis boat.

She was then handed into the care of awatigin paramedics before being taken to Ninewells Hospital for treatment.

Her current condition is not known.

The Tay Road Bridge was closed in both directions while the incident was being dealt with.

A spokesman for Broughty Ferry RNLI said: “The alarm was raised at about 2.33am. With the assistance of a volunteer shore crew the inshore lifeboat had launched by 2.45am, with the larger all weather lifeboat leaving the RNLI station two minutes later.

“Against all odds, crews found the female and removed her from the water.

“The patient was then transferred into the care of the ambulance crew before being transferred to Ninewells Hospital.

“Both lifeboats then returned to station before being stood down around 3.30am, where they were made ready for any further calls.”

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