Tributes have been paid to a ‘passionate’ and ‘dynamic’ woman who died in a tragic agricultural accident on her family’s farm.
Caroline Rennie is thought to have got into difficulty while working with farm machinery on Saturday afternoon in a field near her home town of Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Emergency services went to the field just off the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road after they were alerted to a serious ‘incident’, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Miss Rennie, who came from one of Aberdeenshire’s well-known farming families, was the second daughter of Andrew and Annette Rennie, of Gask Farm, near Turriff, and the youngest of a close-knit group of 12 cousins.
In a statement released last night, family members said: ‘We are devastated by the loss of Caroline, who was so full of life, full of fun and much loved.
‘She was a great friend to everyone who knew her and will be much missed.’
Caroline Rennie, 21, is thought to have got into difficulty while working with farm machinery on Saturday afternoon in a field near her home town of Turriff, Aberdeenshire
Her death has devastated the area’s farming and local communities, who described her as a ‘passionate’ and ‘dynamic’ farmer and an ‘active, popular and much loved’ member of Turriff Young Farmers’ Club.
Last night, Lorna Paterson, North-east regional manager for the National Farmers Union Scotland, called Miss Rennie’s death a ‘horrendously tragic situation’.
She said: ‘[Miss Rennie’s] passion for our industry was second to none. She had such a bright future ahead and was a real entrepreneurial and dynamic female within the farming locality.
Emergency services went to the field just off the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road (pictured) after they were alerted to a serious ‘incident’, but she was pronounced dead at the scene
‘This horrendously tragic situation is the cruellest of the cruel and everyone in farming is shocked.’
Banff and Buchan MP, David Duguid, said: ‘This tragic accident has shocked the local community here in Turriff. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the young woman involved, at what must be a very difficult time.’
Police were called shortly before 4pm on Saturday and immediately cordoned off the field.
Banff and Buchan MP, David Duguid (pictured), said: ‘This tragic accident has shocked the local community here in Turriff’
A section of the A947 which runs past the field about three miles south of Turriff was closed to motorists for more than six hours before it was reopened yesterday morning.
A probe into the young woman’s death has been launched but is reportedly not being treated as suspicious.
Detective Inspector John Lumsden said: ‘Our thoughts are very much with Caroline’s family at what is a very difficult time for all who knew her and officers are supporting her family.
‘There are no suspicious circumstances and, as with all sudden deaths, a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.’
Several hours later, it was closed again between the B9170 turn-off and the village of Birkenhills to allow police to carry out further inquiries. It is understood that a probe by the Health and Safety Executive will also take place.
Detective Inspector John Lumsden, from North East CID, said: ‘At 3.45pm on Saturday, April 3, officers were made aware of an incident within a field off the A947 near Turriff, involving a 21-year-old woman. Sadly the female was pronounced dead at the scene.’
In 2010, Andrew Rennie received a Testimonial on Vellum from the Royal Humane Society for his bravery after he rescued a woman who had become trapped in her car after torrential rain caused flooding in Turriff.
According to The Scotsman, he drove his tractor two miles across town to help rescue Helen Catto, from Fyvie, after a local fireman called him for help to save her.
He drove it across a flooded road and two firemen were able to get inside and help the woman, who was in the early stages of hypothermia.