Five rescued in major emergency services operation at Arbroath cliffs

Five people were rescued following a full-scale emergency callout to Arbroath cliffs on Saturday afternoon.


The Coastguard, RNLI and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were all involved in dealing with the incident at Dickmont Den after the alarm was raised shortly before 3pm.


The response was sparked afterthe group of males reportedly got into difficulties on the treacherous coastline.

It is though they had been “tombstoning”.

“Tombstoning” is the foolish act of jumping from unknown heights into unknown depths of water, as reported previously by Firestyle Magazine.

Fire and Rescue crews from Arbroath, Dundee’s Kingsway and Perth, including a specialist water rescue team, joined Coastguard and RNLI personnel.

Scottish Fire and Rescue confirmed four men were rescued by lifeboat.

One other man was safely removed from the cliffs using line rescue equipment.

The ages of those involved are not known at this stage, but it is understood all escaped without serious injury.

Rescue services left the scene around 4.30pm.

Conditions at the time of the incident were cloudy with quite heavy seas around the cliffs.

Despite the weather not being as good as earlier in the week, nearby Victoria Park and the cliffs area were busy with visitors.

The incident follows a Coastguard warning earlier this summer over the dangers posed by the sheer drops and tricky terrain.


It came after a June callout in the immediate aftermath of Arbroath’s successful Festival of Heroes event when two youths became trapped by the tide after going ‘tombstoning’ in the area.

In all, four Coastguard teams, 15 rescue officers, two lifeboats with nine crew and shore crew brought that incident to a safe and successful conclusion, with officers describing the pair as “very lucky” to walk away.