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Search teams have been looking for Mr Robertson for over a week(Picture: Graeme Hart)

The body of a 77-year-old man who was swept into the River Tay after horrific flooding in Scotland has been found.

Police said the discovery was made at about 12.25pm near Haugh Island, Logierait in Tayside, nearly a week after he fell into the water.

Struan Robertson was trying to clear a hydropower device in Perthshire when he lost his footing.

The body has still to be formally identified, but police said Mr Robertson’s family has been informed.

More bad weather is expected this weekend across the north of Scotland.

A spokesperson said: ‘There would appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.’

Heavy rain and flooding was seen in parts of Scotland, including Perthshire, last weekend.

Photo of missing man Struan Robertson who was washed away in the River Tay at Strathallan on Sunday.

Struan Robertson died after being swept away in the heavy flooding

Mr Robertson’s son Euan told The Courier newspaper that his father had been dragged away by the current in front of his wife on Sunday.

Speaking outside the family home on Tuesday, Mr Robertson said: ‘He was trying to clear a hydro intake from the Tay. It powers the electricity but it gets clogged up when the water is so high.

‘He lost his footing and was swept into the river. The current dragged him away.

‘I was in Perth at the time. My mother was with him when it happened.’

Flooding Aftermath Perthshire....09.10.23 Police and Mountain Recsue pictured searching the River Tay near Strathtay looking for a 77 year old man feared to have been swept away by the River Tay after Scotland was battered by heavy rain. The man was reported missing at 5.30pm on Sunday Picture by Graeme Hart. Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 07990 594431

He went missing near the River Tay near Strathtay on Sunday(Picture: Graeme Hart)

Specialist resources including a police helicopter and drones were sent to search for him on Monday amid ‘challenging’ conditions.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it searched the area for more than three hours on Sunday night.

A spokesperson said: ‘Around 12.25 pm on Saturday October 14 2023 the body of a man was recovered from the River Tay, near Haugh Island, Logierait in Tayside.

‘Although formal identification has yet to take place, the family of the 77-year-old man who was reported to have been swept into the River Tay near Strathtay on Sunday October 8 2023 have been advised.

‘There would appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.’

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Flooding Aftermath Perthshire....09.10.23 Police and Mountain Recsue pictured searching the River Tay near Strathtay looking for a 77 year old man feared to have been swept away by the River Tay after Scotland was battered by heavy rain. The man was reported missing at 5.30pm on Sunday Picture by Graeme Hart. Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 07990 594431

Search teams have been looking for Mr Robertson for over a week(Picture: Graeme Hart)

The body of a 77-year-old man who was swept into the River Tay after horrific flooding in Scotland has been found.

Police said the discovery was made at about 12.25pm near Haugh Island, Logierait in Tayside, nearly a week after he fell into the water.

Struan Robertson was trying to clear a hydropower device in Perthshire when he lost his footing.

The body has still to be formally identified, but police said Mr Robertson’s family has been informed.

More bad weather is expected this weekend across the north of Scotland.

A spokesperson said: ‘There would appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.’

Heavy rain and flooding was seen in parts of Scotland, including Perthshire, last weekend.

Photo of missing man Struan Robertson who was washed away in the River Tay at Strathallan on Sunday.

Struan Robertson died after being swept away in the heavy flooding

Mr Robertson’s son Euan told The Courier newspaper that his father had been dragged away by the current in front of his wife on Sunday.

Speaking outside the family home on Tuesday, Mr Robertson said: ‘He was trying to clear a hydro intake from the Tay. It powers the electricity but it gets clogged up when the water is so high.

‘He lost his footing and was swept into the river. The current dragged him away.

‘I was in Perth at the time. My mother was with him when it happened.’

Flooding Aftermath Perthshire....09.10.23 Police and Mountain Recsue pictured searching the River Tay near Strathtay looking for a 77 year old man feared to have been swept away by the River Tay after Scotland was battered by heavy rain. The man was reported missing at 5.30pm on Sunday Picture by Graeme Hart. Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 07990 594431

He went missing near the River Tay near Strathtay on Sunday(Picture: Graeme Hart)

Specialist resources including a police helicopter and drones were sent to search for him on Monday amid ‘challenging’ conditions.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it searched the area for more than three hours on Sunday night.

A spokesperson said: ‘Around 12.25 pm on Saturday October 14 2023 the body of a man was recovered from the River Tay, near Haugh Island, Logierait in Tayside.

‘Although formal identification has yet to take place, the family of the 77-year-old man who was reported to have been swept into the River Tay near Strathtay on Sunday October 8 2023 have been advised.

‘There would appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.’

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