Girl, 18, dead and man seriously injured after falling 50ft from Scotland coastal path

Police Scotland are treating the teenager's death as 'unexplained' with inquiries into the circumstances 'ongoing'

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A teenager is dead and a man seriously hurt after falling 50ft from a costal path in the Scottish Highlands.

Alesha Wright, 18, was found lifeless by rescuers in Thurso, Caithness.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Her death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

The man, 26, was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment.

Alesha Wright
Alesha Wright

Emergency services were called at about 5.50pm on Monday after reports of the pair falling near Thurso Caravan Park.

Thurso RNLI sent a boat to the scene, said a lifeboat spokesman, who added: “The crew members attended to them until the arrival of a paramedic who was winched down.”

Rescuers had launched their inflatable boat from lifeboat The Taylors to help retrieve the pair, the spokesman said.

“The young man was winched up by the helicopter to a waiting ambulance.

“The female casualty was transferred to a stretcher and taken by the Y boat to The Taylors and then taken to Scrabster, where she was transferred into the care of Police Scotland.”

The incident occurred in Thurso, Caithness
The incident occurred in Thurso, Caithness

Tributes have poured in for Alesha on social media.

Birdie Nicholson said: “Alesha was a beautiful girl with a heart of gold, she’ll be missed.”

Stacey Bridge said the teenager “was such a beautiful soul inside and out”.

She added: “I’m glad I had the chance to meet you beautiful.”

And Leah Marie said: “Fly high my gorgeous girl, love you always.”