Bridge remains closed as police search for man

Clackmannanshire Bridge is closed as the search goes on
Clackmannanshire Bridge is closed as the search goes on

A search for a man who leapt into the River Forth despite police attempts to stop him is continuing this evening.

The incident happened at 2.50am when a blue Transit van was spotted by a police armed response vehicle, which was in the area at the time, travelling in the opposite direction with just three wheels.

The officers turned their vehicle around and activated their blue lights in a bid to get the driver to stop.

A short time later the van struck the barriers on the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the male driver got out. He climbed over the bridge’s safety railings and jumped into the water despite attempts to save him.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace the man who has not been seen since this time and anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is asked to come forward.

The Clackmannanshire Bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future while the search activity continues.

Chief Inspector Irene Ralston said said: “At this time the main focus of this operation is to trace the man, who has not been seen since he went into the water, which was at high tide. We are continuing to keep his family informed and supported.

“The incident happened as officers were in the very initial stages of attempting to make the driver aware of their presence and their concerns over the condition of his van. Anyone with information relevant to this incident is asked to contact police immediately.

“We are also keen to hear from other motorists who may have been on the roadway around the Clackmannanshire Bridge just before 2.50am and saw the van.

“If you believe you can assist us then please come forward. In the meantime I would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation while the bridge remains closed.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.