A fisherman who died after being swept away in a fast-flowing river has been named.

Michael Anstice, from the Lintrathen area near Kirriemuir in Angus, was fishing in the River South Esk when he went missing.

His fishing colleague had dropped him off on the river banks before going to park her car at the Inshewan Estate, near Forfar, on Thursday morning.

When she returned a short time later, Mr Anstice had been swept away in the river.

Tayside Police – including officers with swift water rescue training – were called to the scene, along with Tayside Fire and Rescue, the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team and the Scottish Ambulance Service, to search for the 81-year-old fisherman.

A helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was also scrambled to assist with the operation.

Local residents and estate workers also helped in the efforts to trace the missing man.

However, his body was discovered at about 2.30pm and recovered from the river.

Tayside Police confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.


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