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Police helicopters join search for missing fisherman

Police Scotland air support unit Credit: Police Scotland

Police helicopters have joined the search to find a missing fisherman from Dumfries.

Charles Mellor, 57, was fishing close to the Carnation Factory on the evening of July 8. He failed to return home and was reported missing by his family the following morning.

Residents asked for help to find missing fisherman

Police searching for a missing fisherman in Dumfries are asking residents for their help in finding him.

Charles Mellor, 57, was fishing in the River Nith on Friday evening but failed to return home.

Inspector Stuart Wilson, from Police Scotland, told ITV News:

It's possible that Mr Mellor might have sought refuge from the rain and I would ask any members of the public to check their gardens or outhouses to see if he's maybe taken cover there and taken unwell.

– Inspector Stuart Wilson


Man jumps into River Nith to rescue phone

This incident follows the ongoing search for Macauley McQueen. Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning people of open water dangers after a man jumped into the River Nith in Dumfries to rescue his mobile phone.

He got into difficulty but was helped out of the water by two bypassers.

This latest incident comes off the back of a major search for missing Dumfries teenager Macauley McQueen, who hasn't been seen since entering the Nith last Monday.


Cause of mystery River Nith 'discharge' uncovered

The cause of a mystery 'discharge' spotted on the River Nith in March had been uncovered.

Rising sludge which was overflowing from a settlement tank into the river caused was first seen by a member of the public on Friday, 14 March.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, 7 June when a fault in an inlet tank caused a second spillage into the river.

Scottish Water have since repaired all the faults and SEPA have, on six different occasions, found the water quality to be compliant.

“It is reassuring that the incidents were dealt with quickly after they were reported or discovered, however it is less reassuring that it took a report from a member of the public to alert SEPA and thereafter Scottish Water to the incident in March.

“It is also worrying that, at the time of the June incident, a spillage which occurred when the waste treatment operative was not on shift – sometime between 9am on the Saturday and 7am on the Sunday morning – and there seems to have been no monitoring during that time whether the plant was performing to the required standard."

– Elaine Murray MSP, Dumfriesshire (Lab)

17-year-old rescued from the River Nith

Police are urging people not to swim in open water after a 17-year-old boy was rescued from the River Nith.

The teenager was swimming in the river at the rear of Cairn Avenue, Dumfries when he got into difficulty.

A 32-year-old woman who was sitting near by heard his shouts for help and rescued him.

The incident happened on Friday, 11 July.

"The current spell of hot weather does make it tempting to go into rivers and lochs, however we strongly urge people not to do this. Underwater currents, debris which you can get snagged on and even the temperature of the water are all very dangerous and could cause a tragic accident. We also urge parents at this time to speak to their children about the dangers of going into open water, no matter how safe it might look.”

– Inspector Claire Walker, Police Scotland
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