Sunday 20 April 2014

Nine confirmed dead in pub helicopter crash

Nine people have now been confirmed to have died in the Glasgow police helicopter crash.

Another body was found last night in the Clutha Vaults pub where the police helicopter crashed on Friday – bringing the total to nine.

Police Scotland have also named another victim as Samuel McGhee (56) of Glasgow.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "This remains an ongoing investigation and search focused on the Clutha Vaults pub. The site is extremely challenging and the efforts of colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and investigators have been painstaking.

"Our absolute priority has been to locate the bodies of people who were within the pub at the time of the incident and recover them safely. This process takes time, as formal identification procedures have to take place before we can notify relatives and confirm identities.

Meanwhile, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that the pub should be rebuilt.

Clutha regular Jim Sheridan, Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, also said Glasgow needed a venue like the Clutha and called on the commercial sector to rebuild a new one from the ashes.

Irish Independent

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