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Bute plane crash responders praised

Praise has been given to those who attended the plane crash at Kingarth on Saturday, August 9, which resulted in the death of 63-year-old Thomas McGowan of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. (Pic by Zak Harrison)

Praise has been given to those who attended the plane crash at Kingarth on Saturday, August 9, which resulted in the death of 63-year-old Thomas McGowan of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. (Pic by Zak Harrison)

 

The emergency services on Bute have been praised for their swift response to the light aircraft crash at Kingarth earlier this month which resulted in the death of a 63-year-old man.

Thomas McGowan died at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow the day after the August 9 crash, which left a 52-year-old man fighting for his life.

Speaking at a meeting of the Bute Community Safety Forum this week, Inspector Paul Robertson from Police Scotland, who was the incident officer at the scene of the crash, said: “I want to put on record my own appreciation for the efforts of local agencies and our Royal Navy and NHS colleagues in the aftermath of the incident – and to the members of the public on Bute who rose to the occasion.

“The response, particularly from those who are retained service personnel, was outstanding, and from my point of view it was reassuring and encouraging to see such an effective response from both the emergency services and the public to what was a tragic incident.”

* Read more in this week’s Buteman - on sale from tomorrow (Thursday, August 21).

 

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