Mobility scooter man's river fall in East Lothian

An 80-year-old man has been taken to hospital after he accidentally reversed his mobility scooter and plunged 12ft into an East Lothian river.

The man was suffering from a head wound and shock following the fall in Haddington shortly after 13:00.

His grand-daughter and her friend got the man and his scooter upright before the emergency crews arrived.

Fire officers said the man had been with his family near Aubigny Sports Centre in Haddington at the time.

He fell into a small outlet of the River Tyne.

Head gash

A Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: "Whilst manoeuvring the scooter on the riverside he accidentally reversed into the river and there was a sheer drop of approximately 12ft.

"He was on his side in the water. His grand-daughter and her friend managed to right the scooter with him in it prior to the fire service's arrival."

Crews from Haddington and East Linton attended the incident and brought the man up to safety. Line and water rescue teams were also dispatched to the scene but were not required.

The man was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a gash to his head and suffering from shock.

The age of his grand-daughter and her friend are not yet known.

The fire and rescue spokeswoman said they did "extremely well" in their efforts to rescue the man from the water, which was 3ft-deep in places.

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