POLICE in East Lothian have called in independent investigators to review their actions after the body of a man was recovered from a harbour.

Officers were called to Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh, on Friday where the body of the man was taken out of the water.

No details about the man have been released and police are describing his death as "unexplained" at this time.

However Police Scotland confirmed that the circumstances leading to the man's death were now under investigation by independent body the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC).

Superintendent Alexander Blair of Lothians and Scottish Borders Division said: “Police in East Lothian attended at Musselburgh Harbour on Friday, October 13, where the body of a man was recovered.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Following a review of the circumstances leading to this incident, Police Scotland has referred the matter to the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner. We will provide them with all the necessary assistance they require during their investigation.”

PIRC are called in to carry out independent investigations into the most serious incidents involving the police.

The most high profile case involving the PIRC since it was established in 2013 involves the death of John Yuill and Lamara Bell following a car crash near Bannockburn.

Despite calls from the public reporting their smashed vehicle it was days before the couple were found.

Mr Yuill was thought to have died in impact. Miss Bell, however, was discovered still alive three days later trapped in the vehicle. She died in hospital from her injuries.