Major search operation continues for missing Dumfries man in River Nith

A major search and rescue operation continues, after a 43-year-old man fell into the River Nith last night.

Brian Cowie fell into the river near to the rowing club at Greensands at around 9.00pm last night.

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Body found in river was missing Dumfries man

Police Scotland has confirmed that a body pulled from the River Nith on Saturday is that of Bryan Cowie - a man from Dumfries who had been missing since last Sunday.

The search for Bryan Cowie. Credit: Drew Geddes

Mr Cowie, aged 41, fell into the river near to the rowing club at Greensands, at around 9.00pm on Sunday, February 5th.

Police were called at around 9:30am Saturday (11 February) to reports that a body had been spotted near Kingholm Quay.

The police worked together with Nith Inshore Rescue Team to recover the man's body, and take it to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

In a short statement on Sunday morning Police Scotland said:

"There would appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Mr Cowie's relatives are aware."


Search operation underway for missing 43-year-old Dumfries man who fell into the River Nith

Credit: Drew Geddes

A major search operation to find a 43-year-old man who fell into the River Nith in Dumfries last night, continues.

Brian Cowie fell into the river near to the rowing club at Greensands at around 9.00pm last night.

Emergency services including Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Nith Inshore Rescue Service and a helicopter from MCA at Prestwick, searched the area throughout the night and resumed this morning.

Credit: Drew Geddes

The man has now been confirmed as 43 year old Brian Cowie who was residing at an address in Queensberry Street in Dumfries. He is described as being about 6' tall and was last seen wearing a dark jacket, grey hooded top, light coloured jeans and grey/black shoes.

"Extensive searches have been carried out along the length of the River Nith down stream to the Solway Estuary, and these will continue today with the addition of volunteers from the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team. Divers from the Police Scotland Underwater Unit will also attend to assist with the search. At this stage we would ask that anyone who may have any information which might assist us in the this search call us at Dumfries on the 101 number."

– Inspector Rory Caldow at Dumfries
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