Tales of the Riverman 10

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Every season brings its own peculiar problems to those working the river. Cold weather brings ice, thin ice that can move up and down on tidal waters, that does not hold any weight and thicker ice on our ponds and canals the weight bearing of which is questionable.

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Tales of the Riverman 9

Christmas can be a sad time for people, especially those who have lost a loved one during the year. They can be lonely and we should all be on the lookout for signs of lonely people and try to give them company and comfort. So it was with the old lady who entered the River Clyde next to the Glasgow Humane Society House on Christmas Eve. She had waited until my Dad was at the boathouse so that when the shout went up “someone in the water” Ben would be on hand to quickly get her out. In the House being tended to by my mother Sadie while awaiting the Ambulance, the old lady admitted that she had planned this as she was lonely since her husband had died and her family had all set up their own houses, but now she would spend Christmas Eve in Hospital and at least get a Christmas Meal. Happily her family who had not realised just how lonely their mother was, rallied round and the old lady spent Christmas with them...

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talesSpecialThis Special Edition is brought to you as a result of proposals to allow “Access rights to extend to water based activities, such as rafting and swimming” under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Between 1846 and 1860 25 youngsters drowned in the Clyde in Glasgow while swimming, another 15 had to be rescued.

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recently had a member of the public hand some photos in at the door of our house, which caused me to look back our records and write the following.

Kingston Bridge has seen many river incidents, people being rescued from the water below it, bodies being recovered, items being blown off Lorries over the bridge and amazingly enough people jumping off and surviving...

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Strathclyde School is a landmark to the people using the river situated as it is on top of the slope at the right angled bend above Rutherglen Bridge. Whether it remains so or is overtaken by the new bridge as the landmark remains to be seen. The school was opened in 1903. It closed in 1974 re-opened in 1976 to house the Dalmarnock Adult Training Centre. The training centre closed three years later, but in 1999 it was reopened as the Strathclyde Business Centre...

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The recent articles in the media stating that there is to be a bridge built between Renfrew and Yoker gave me an excuse to think of the adventures we have had at the Renfrew Ferry.

Renfrew is the furthest that I have travelled downriver to carry out a rescue. A woman fell in late one night, a call from Force Control, pulling on clothes as I raced downstairs, boat on trailer onto the waiting car, blues and twos to Renfrew. On route we were informed that the woman was hanging onto one of the posts of the south piers at the Ferry (we always launch on the south side anyway) Boat launched, rowed out, grabbed the woman, and straight into the boat and straight to the bank and the waiting Ambulance. She was OK

They weren’t always that lucky. One man was so drunk that he drove his car down the Yoker slipway onto the ferry and straight off the other end into deep water. It took hours to recover the car and his body...

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