Cliff safety message issued by Police

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Police Scotland have issued a warning to members of the public to take care on Buchan’s coastline this summer.

As we move closer to the summer holiday period, officers are urging youngsters to be cautious when out and about enjoying Aberdeenshire and Moray’s stunning coast.

The tragic death of Cameron Smithies who fell at Slains Castle in Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire on Saturday, June 1, and another incident on Sunday, June 16, where a 19 year-old man fell from the cliff-face at Rosehearty, has highlighted the risks of walking on the coastline.

The 19 year old male fell from the cliff-face about a mile west of Rosehearty at about 8pm.

He was rescued by Coastguard and conveyed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by ambulance.

Teenager Cameron died after falling almost 100ft from the cliffs near Cruden Bay.

It is believed he may have been climbing the cliffs when he fell into a deep gully.

Commenting on the dangers the coastline poses, Chief Inspector Derek Hiley said: “We have some fantastic scenery around Aberdeenshire and Moray but the tragic death of Cameron Smithies and this recent incident at Rosehearty brings home how dangerous these areas can be.

“The man who fell from the cliffs suffered quite significant injuries but it could have been a lot worse.

“As we now move to the summer months and school holidays I want to encourage members of the public to enjoy the coastline but to be aware of the dangers in these areas.”

Chief Inspector Hiley continued: “The Coastguard safety messages are also worth paying attention to.

“Walkers should make sure that they are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths.

“They should also check the weather forecast and tides to avoid the risk of being cut off and be aware of climbing on rocks as these can be slippery when wet and break away from the cliff.”

Fiona Hastie, Rescue Coordination Centre manager at Aberdeen Coastguard adedd: “We always advise people to be careful and not to take risks when out enjoying our coastline.

“But for anyone who does get into difficulty at the coast and needs assistance, they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”