Man dies after tree falls in Dean Village

Man dies after tree falls in Dean Village

A man has died after a tree fell on a tent in the Dean Village in the early hours of this morning.

Two men were understood to be in the tent when the accident happened at around 3.30am.

The area was closed for some time and a specialist team from the Scottish Fire and Rescue team attended this morning to recover the man’s body.

Another man who was in the tent escaped with minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said “Police in Edinburgh were called to an area of woodlands on the south bank of the Water of Leith, accessed from Miller Row, around 3.30am on Saturday 6 August.

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“A very large tree had fallen on a tent in which two men were sleeping and, sadly, one of the men was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A 35-year-old man also suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.

“Officers have consulted with the appropriate partners who are confident that the tree fell as a result of natural occurrences.

“We’re currently working to trace the deceased’s next of kin, and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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