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Woman dies in Edinburgh hospital after being rescued from overflowing river on Hogmanay

A woman has died after being rescued from flood waters during torrential rain on Hogmanay.

The 55-year-old, who is yet to be named by police, got into difficulty in the River Tweed at Walkerburn, in the Scottish Borders. She was rushed to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where she sadly passed away.

The incident took place shortly after midnight on December 31 when officers were alerted to reports of multiple woman having come into trouble in the overflowing river near the small village.

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The Record reports how emergency services, including crews from the Scottish Fire and Rescue, were mobilised before the victims were pulled from the river and whisked to Edinburgh for emergency treatment.

The woman passed away in hospital on Monday, January 2, with the current condition of the second casualty currently unknown. Her name and age is also unclear at this time.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 12.20am on Saturday, December 31, 2022, police were called to reports of people within flood waters at Walkerburn, Scottish Borders.

"Two women were rescued by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Sadly one of the women, 55, died at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on Monday, January 2. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."


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