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Helicopter search over reports of man seen in River Tay

Emergency services were alerted to the incident near the Queen's Bridge in Perth on Monday night.

River Tay: Coastguard and RNLI leading search for man (file pic).
River Tay: Coastguard and RNLI leading search for man (file pic). Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

A coastguard helicopter is searching the River Tay following reports of a man in the water.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident near the Queen's Bridge in Perth at around 9pm on Monday and launched a major search operation.

The man seen in the water is believed to be Iain Guthrie, a 20-year-old man who was reported missing a short time afterwards.

Police officers, firefighters, the RNLI and coastguard teams stood down at 3am on Tuesday and resumed the search at 7am.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The search is ongoing at the moment but the weather conditions are not fantastic.

"We were informed just after 9.15pm when the police asked us to send a team and call the inshore lifeboat."

Anyone who has seen Mr Guthrie, who is 5ft 9in tall, with a slim build, short black hair and brown eyes, has been asked to contact police on 101.

He was wearing a dark green fleece top, dark blue jeans and dark-coloured walking shoes when last seen.

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