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Girl plunges down gorge into River Braan

River Braan near Dunkeld
The girl plunged down a gorge into the River Braan

A teenage girl has fallen 90ft (27m) down a gorge in Perthshire following a mountain biking accident.

The girl, a pupil at Menzieshill High School in Dundee, was part of an organised group who were mountain biking at Rumbling Bridge, Dunkeld.

Police said it appeared the girl had lost control of her bike before hitting the bridge and falling into the gorge.

Emergency services found her conscious and breathing. She was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The accident happened shortly before 1300 GMT, Tayside Police said.

The girl was with an organised group from the Dundee City Council-run Ancrum Outdoor Centre.

Her parents have been informed and the the Heath and Safety Executive been made aware of the incident.

'Full co-operation'

A Dundee City Council spokesman said: "Everyone at Menzieshill High School and the education department wishes this pupil a full and speedy recovery from her fall.

"Her family were alerted as soon as possible after the accident and we will be keeping in close touch with them during her recovery."

The spokesman said the accident happened when pupils from the school were taking part in a "fully-supervised outdoor activity" on a route often used for such activities.

He added: "We will co-operate fully with any external investigation and will also be carrying out our own assessment of the situation."

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