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Divers join River Nith search operation for Brian Cowie

Nith search
Image caption The search resumed on Monday morning after reports Bryan Cowie had fallen into the River Nith

Police divers are to join the search for a missing man reported to have fallen into the River Nith in Dumfries.

Emergency services were called out at about 21:00 on Sunday after reports of an incident near the rowing club in the Greensands area of Dumfries.

Police have now confirmed the man involved is Bryan Cowie from the town's Queensberry Street.

Searches were carried out on Sunday night and resumed at first light on Monday morning.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Nith Inshore Rescue Service and a helicopter from MCA at Prestwick have been involved in the operation.

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Image caption Search operation along the river began on Sunday night

Insp Rory Caldow said: "We received a report at around 21:00 hours last night in relation to a man falling into the River Nith in Dumfries near to the rowing club.

"The man has now been confirmed as 41-year-old Bryan Cowie who was residing at an address in Queensberry Street in Dumfries.

"He is described as being about 6ft tall and was last seen wearing a dark jacket, grey hooded top, light coloured jeans and grey/black shoes."

Police said extensive searches had been carried out along the length of the River Nith downstream to the Solway Estuary.

They said those searches would continue with the addition of volunteers from the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team.

Any members of the public with information have been asked to contact police.

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