A “popular and much-loved” young farmer has been killed in a tragic farming accident.
Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Caroline Rennie, 21, from Turriff in Aberdeenshire, who died in a field just off the A947 road from Aberdeen to Banff on Saturday afternoon.
Miss Rennie was well known in the local farming community and has been described as a “passionate” and “dynamic” farmer as well as an “popular and much-loved” members of Turriff Young Farmers’ Club.
She died following what police have described as an “incident” in a field where farm machinery was being used, Daily Record reports.
Following the tragic news, the north-east’s regional manager for the National Farmers Union Scotland, Lorna Paterson, described Ms Rennie’s death as a “horrendously tragic situation”.
She told the Press and Journal: “On behalf of NFUS and our members, we express our huge sympathy and commiserations towards the Rennie family and Caroline’s wide circle of friends. Caroline was so well respected by those who knew her.
“Her 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.
“This horrendously tragic situation is just the cruelest of the cruelest and everyone in the farming arena is shocked.
“It is no secret that our agricultural industry is deemed to be a very dangerous sector, and our farmers and farm-workers face enormous challenges when working with machinery and livestock.
“Our hearts and thoughts lie with Caroline’s family at this harrowingly sad time.”
Banff and Buchan MP, David Duguid, said Ms Rennie’s death had rocked the community.
He added: “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.”
Numerous police officers were seen investigating in a field next to the A947 Banff to Aberdeen road, about three miles south of Turriff, and the road was closed for more than six hours.
Officers says inquiries into Miss Rennie’s death are ongoing.