Mum watched in horror as dad was swept away in floods
- Struan Robertson, 77, was dragged downstream by swollen River Tay
- Family of Pitcastle Estate fear he has lost his life as search continues
A Scots landowner was swept away during the weekend floods as his helpless wife watched on.
The family of Struan Robertson, 77, who owns the Pitcastle Estate in Strathtay, Perthshire, fear he has lost his life.
Mr Robertson was engulfed by the swollen River Tay and dragged downstream by the powerful current as he tried to clear a clogged hydropower device.
His distraught wife Patricia was assisting him when he lost his footing and fell into the water.
A massive rescue operation was launched on Sunday evening, with river search teams and a helicopter scouring the area late into the day on Monday.
Struan Robertson slipped into the water
The focus of the search then moved further down river yesterday.
Mr Robertson’s son Euan, 49, said the family ‘don’t have a lot of hope of finding him alive’.
He said his father had been trying to clear a hydro intake from the Tay, which powers the electricity, as it can become clogged up when the water is so high.
He said: ‘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.’
He added: ‘The search is continuing.
Search teams scouring the River Tay after Mr Robertson was reported missing on Sunday
‘But I’m told it has moved to a grid search, looking at places further along the river where things tend to wash up.’
His father had owned the 1,500-acre estate for 20 years and lived there for the last five.
The family now face an anxious wait for news. Mr Robertson said: ‘We are speaking with the police, who are providing us with daily updates. Until the water subsides there’s not a lot of hope of finding him at this stage.
‘The dam is still releasing water so the water level will stay high for the next three days and then the chances of finding him improve, but we don’t have a lot of hope of finding him alive.’
Mr Robertson is a popular figure in the area and opened the Grandtully and Strathtay Gala Day this summer.
Police have been using drones and the Police Scotland helicopter as part of a multi-agency search for the missing landowner.
The tragedy came during a weekend when Scotland was hit by heavy downpours, causing flooding across the country.
The severe flooding caused the Spey at Kingussie to burst its banks
A landslide swept a car off the A816 at Ardfern
Sections of the North Inch in Perth were under floodwater as levels in the River Tay continued to drop
Yesterday, the A83 road remained closed after several landslips between Inveraray and Tarbet, in Argyll.
Road maintenance firm BEAR Scotland also identified six further incidents between Inveraray and the Rest and Be Thankful, removing 9,500 tons of debris from the road.
A further 2,000 tons still have to be removed before the route can safely reopen.
A yellow warning remained in place across much of western Scotland yesterday.
Several flood warnings from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency were also still in force last night across much of the Highlands, Perthshire and central areas.
Forecasters said sunny spells and showers were expected today and tomorrow. A north-westerly wind will see temperatures fall.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘We will start to see showers turn to sleet and snow on the tops of the mountains on Friday into Saturday.’
However, he added that it was currently expected to be ‘largely dry next week’ – saying that this was ‘good news for those suffering from the rain and flooding at the weekend’.