A NORWEGIAN seaman (39), was rushed to hospital on Wednesday night after falling into the South Esk at Montrose Harbour.
The man was returning to his vessel, the Stril Explorer, at about 1.20am when he slipped and landed in the water between the ship and the quayside.
It is believed that he was in the freezing water for up to 15 minutes.
A crew-member alerted emergency services. Coastguards, the RNLI and Police rushed to the scene. Before they arrived members of the ship’s crew lowered a ladder and secured the man, pulling from the water in a semi-conscious state.
Paramedics then took over and after stabilising the seaman rushed him to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
A Tayside Police spokesman said: “The man was treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where his condition was described as critical.”
The man later made a full recovery and was discharged from Ninewells on Friday. He has since flown back to Norway.
The 69-metre vessel was berthed opposite the lifeboat station. She is a multi-purpose vessel and was chartered in March to Seahold Geoships Limited and is equipped for diving, surveying and field maintenance, and also provides ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and IMR (inspection, repair and maintenance services).
While there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident, anyone with information can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.
* Still in the hours of darkness, the lifeboat was called to an incident at Montrose Bridge, where a man was in distress. Police talked him to safety.