A senior police officer has paid tribute to a colleague whose body was recovered from the River Forth following a major search and rescue operation on Sunday night.
Police confirmed a 28-year-old man was pulled from the water close to Clackmannanshire Bridge at Kincardine.
Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, Local Policing West, said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a colleague who died near Kincardine on Sunday, January 19.
“Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and friends at this very sad time.
“The death of a colleague affects everyone within the organisation and will be most keenly felt by those officers and staff who worked beside him. It is important that they receive all our support.
“I will be visiting the officer’s family, friends and colleagues to offer our deepest sympathy and ensure they have access to the support they need at this difficult time.”
His death is being treated as unexplained.
A police spokesperson said: “Officers were made aware of a concern for a person near the Clackmannanshire Bridge in Kincardine, around 9.25pm on Sunday January 19.
“The body of a 28-year-old man was recovered from the River Forth a short time later following a search.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained, although there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.
“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
The bridge was closed in both directions and a coastguard helicopter was drafted in as a full-scale search got under way on Sunday.
Coastguard teams from South Queensferry and Kinghorn and Queensferry Lifeboat were also involved in the operation, along with the police and fire service.