October 18, 2021

GPS markings will be installed along the river after the death of a 13-year-old boy.

GPS signs that tell police where a disturbing call is coming from will be installed along the Griffin River in Renfrewshire. Council Efforts are underway to improve water safety following the death of a 13-year-old boy.

William McNally was pulled out of the water in June when he was known locally as a mud pit.

The Lynnwood High School student was rescued by several brave friends but died three days later at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Glasgow.

Since the tragedy, the council has installed safety bolts and ropes in the area to prevent a recurrence.

But officials have now decided to go further by putting up signs that will help emergency services identify where the call came from.

Renfrewshire will become the second council after Glasgow City Council to adopt the system and use it with Clyde.

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GPS markings are placed on six “potentially dangerous” and deep riverbanks – including mud pits – where young people are known to swim.

Each sign will be accompanied by a specific code that will allow police to quickly identify the location and send officers.

The council will also provide two-meter poles holding life belts and throw ropes at these locations.

The move comes as elected members unanimously backed a motion in June asking the council to look into how it could improve security around the river after William’s death. Can

A Renfrewshire Water Safety Working Group was immediately set up and met several times to discuss life-saving measures.

In a report presented to the full council, officials said: “Work on water security has been under way for many years, however, following the council’s decision in June, further steps have been taken.

“Temporary life belts, poles and throw ropes are located on the riverbanks along the Griff River in mud pits.

The Communities and Regulatory Manager has contacted the young man’s family. [William McNally] And local community workers who raised issues and recently walked along the river with two angling clubs to identify dangerous areas.

Glasgow Times:

“There are six areas along the Griff River that have been declared potentially dangerous. Work is underway to erect two-meter yellow poles that will hold the life belt and throw the rope that the council will provide.

There will be signs such as “Danger – not deepwater / swimming”, but more importantly, GPS signage will be located at each site and will indicate the emergency services where the call was made.

“There will also be throwing ropes that are located in a unique color and are only used to protect the water. So, if it is used for other uses, it can be traced to a single location. Is.

The Griff River begins southwest of Kalcom and flows for about 16 miles to join Black Cartwater near Glasgow Airport in Paisley.

Along with the mud pits – which will have a sign on each door – new equipment will be placed in the following places.

  • Vessel holes in the Bridge of Ware (just below the Levery Walk Car Park)
  • Get off at Viaduct in the Bridge of Ware.
  • Leadside / Bar Dam Area on Ardgrafe Road in Houston.
  • The bridge over the river in Houston.

The four sites, including the mud pits, are on private land and the council has insisted it cannot be responsible for the safety equipment placed there as it is the landlord’s responsibility.

However, the owners have promised to work with the community if any equipment breaks down or needs to be replaced.

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