Police believe river search is for a student

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The man who fell into the River Forth on Saturday morning is believed to be a student, according to police.

Forth Valley Police Division issued an update stating that they understand the man is a student who was on a night out celebrating a birthday when he fell in.

Police were called to the river at 2:45 am on Saturday morning at Bridgehaugh Road after reports that a 21-year-old man had fallen in.

A search involving police, fire, ambulance and coastguard crews has entered its third day with a police helicopter and dive teams also involved in the search.

Bridgehaugh Road sits inbetween Old Stirling Bridge and University accommodation John Forty’s Court.

Central FM News reported that police are treating this as a “tragic accident” and that they believe the hopes of finding the man alive are “very slim” due to the tide and underwater currents at that part of the river.

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, Stirling Area Commander, said:

“Emergency services are continuing to search today, Monday 8 June, for a 21-year-old man who was reported to have fallen into the River Forth near Bridgehaugh Road, Stirling, in the early hours of Saturday, 6 June.”

“It appears to have been a tragic accident that happened on a night out and a number of resources, including the Police Scotland Dive and Marine Unit, are being used as part of this search.”

“We would like to thank the public for their co-operation while we continue with the search.”

The University of Stirling has been in contact with the police regarding this incident.

Police are appealing for the public to come forward if they saw anything or if they have any information. They have also asked if the person who fell into the river managed to get out then they should call 101 or report to their nearest police station.

The search is currently underway.

More updates to follow.

Featured Image Credit: Stirling Police

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