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Woman swept into the River Don amid severe weather warning

They are believed to have attempted to rescue a dog before being swept into the water.

Concern about a person in the water prompted emergency personnel to respond to the site, close to Monymusk, at around 3.20 pm on Friday.

Just after six o’clock, according to accounts, the Aberdeen Coastguard stood down from the search.

In response to an allegation of concern for a woman, officers were summoned to the River Don near Monymusk on Friday, November 18, at 3:05 pm, according to a Police Scotland spokesperson.

“Police and emergency services attended and searches were carried out.

“Following assessments of the river conditions, the search has been stood down for the evening.

“Police enquiries are ongoing.”

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a warning regarding the danger that swift-moving, deep floods pose to human life.

“We have seen almost a month’s worth of rain in some parts already this week and we are expecting around the same again over the course of Friday and Saturday in parts of north east Scotland.

Parts of Scotland got a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours, causing major inconvenience.

Up until 9 p.m. on Friday, an amber weather warning is in effect for Tayside, Fife, Grampian, and central areas.

Power outages and the loss of other services are potential outcomes, according to the Met Office.

ScotRail services in Scotland’s eastern and northern regions have also been disrupted.

“The highest risk is to riverside communities in parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus, with severe flood warnings already issued.

“The worst impacts will occur between early Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning.

“We are working 24/7 with the Met Office and with information from SEPA’s gauge network to review the flood predictions for these communities and others. This will continue until the risk is over.

“SEPA is working with emergency response partners in the areas most at risk to help them prepare and to focus support to those communities who need it most.

“People living and working in affected areas are advised to plan their essential journeys and consider the steps they need to take now to be prepared and to stay safe.

“They can also keep updated on https://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/

Update 19th Nov 2022:

The search for a missing woman swept away by flooding in the River Don has resumed

Emergency services were called to the scene near Monymusk around 3.20pm on Friday after reports of concern for a person in the water.

The woman was trying to rescue a dog amid severe rainfall and weather warnings.

The search was stood down by Aberdeen Coastguard around 6pm on Friday after the conditions of the river were assessed.

Police, crews from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the coastguard confirmed searches are continuing on Saturday morning.

Inspector Rory Campbell said: “Officers, along with colleagues from the SFRS and the Coastguard, have resumed searches in the area where the woman was last seen.

“Conditions are tricky and dangerous and I am appealing to members of the public to stay away from flooded areas. Please be careful when you are out and about.”

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