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Police officer dies after falling from bridge

Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances in the tragedy.

A serving police officer has been killed after he fell from a bridge into the River Forth.

The officer has been identified as 28-year-old Jamie Lynch from Kilwinning in Ayrshire. His body was recovered from the River Forth on Sunday night (January 19) following an incident on the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

Emergency services responded to the bridge at around 9:25pm on Sunday, they closed the bridge to both lanes of traffic and a search was underway.

Firefighters, search teams, police officers and a helicopter from the coastguard were involved in the search. A body was recovered from the river a short time after.

Police later confirmed that a serving officer had died.

The death of Jamie Lynch is being treated as unexplained however police do not find anything suspicious about the tragic events of Sunday night.

Police closed the Clackmannanshire Bridge on Sunday night, Credit Andy Barr, The Scottish Sun – Glasgow

A police spokesman said: “The body of a 28-year-old man was recovered from the River Forth a short time later following a search.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained, although there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.

“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, Local Policing West, said,

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a colleague who died near Kincardine on Sunday.

“Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and friends at this very sad time.

“The death of a colleague affects everyone within the organisation and will be most keenly felt by those officers and staff who worked beside him.

“It is important that they receive all our support.

“I will be visiting the officer’s family, friends and colleagues to offer our deepest sympathy and ensure they have access to the support they need at this difficult time.”

Support is being offered to Jamie Lynch’s family and friends as well as fellow officers.

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