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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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I have a connection with several Universities and Colleges and indeed spent a complete day with Glasgow University earlier this year looking after their Boat Race against Edinburgh.

Last weekend however was spent almost entirely with Strathclyde University as they had their Fresher’s (Newcomers) down Saturday and Sunday...

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The Fédération Française de Sauvetage et de Secourisme is pleased and proud to welcome lifesavers from all around the world at the 2014 RESCUE which will be held in France, from September 13-26.

The above headline on the International Lifesavers web site caused me to think that a little known piece of Glasgow Humane Society history should be opened to a wider audience...

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