Bo’ness Rescue: Man airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after falling through the ice on Curling Pond at Kinneil House

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he and his dog fell through the ice on a curling pond in Bo’ness.

By Conor Marlborough
Friday, 12th February 2021, 4:07 pm

The incident prompted a major emergency services response, including two fire engines, police vans, an ambulance and an air ambulance, which were called to the scene at Kinneil House at around 12:30pm on Friday.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson confirmed that both the man and dog were successfully rescued from the freezing water with the help of specialist water rescue resources that included a dinghy.

The air ambulance crew has since taken the man to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

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News on his condition is not yet known.

Photos from the scene show the dog, wrapped in blankets and in the care of firefighters, being led away from the scene.

The Scottish SPCA, who were called to attend to the dog, were unable to confirm its condition when contacted.

The SFRS spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 12.36pm on Friday February 12, to reports of a man and a dog in water at the Curling Pond, Kinneil House, Bo’ness.

Emergency services, including an air ambluance were called to the scene at around 12:30pm on Friday, after reports of someone in trouble in the water.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances and specialist water rescue resources to the scene.

“Firefighters removed a man from the water and placed him in the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

They added: “Crews remain in attendance and are awaiting SSPCA assistance to attend to the dog.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 12:42pm today to attend an incident in Bo’Ness.

Photos showed the dog, wrapped in blankets, being led away from the scene by fire fighters.

"We dispatched one ambulance, our special operations team and an air ambulance to the scene.

"We airlifted one male patient to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”

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