Glasgow Death Toll

December 2, 2013 by  

Glasgow Death Toll, A ninth body has been recovered from the wreckage of the Glasgow helicopter crash, Police Scotland has announced as it named another victim of the tragedy.

The body was found on Sunday night within the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow where the police helicopter crashed on Friday night.

Announcing the discovery, Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “The site is extremely challenging and the efforts of colleagues from the Scottish fire and rescue service and investigators have been painstaking. Sadly I can confirm the discovery of a further body within the site. This takes to nine the total number of people who died on Friday night.”

Police have warned that more bodies could be recovered as they prepare to lift the remains of the helicopter from the roof of the pub.

Fitzpatrick also named the second of six victims in the pub as 56-year-old Samuel McGhee. The first victim to be named was Gary Arthur, 48, of Paisley. Two police officers, Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43, were killed in the helicopter along with the pilot, David Traill, 51.

Fitzpatrick explained why it was taking time to name the other victims who were in the busy pub on Friday night.

“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,” she said. “This process takes time, as formal identification procedures have to take place before we can notify relatives and publicly confirm identities.

“We are doing all we can to support the families of those who have lost loved ones. It is essential that we maintain sensitivity and dignity for the families of the deceased.”

The Bond-operated Eurocopter EC135 police helicopter “dropped like stone” on to the roof of the pub, according to witnesses.

Arthur’s daughter, the Celtic and Scotland footballer Chloe Arthur, 18, paid tribute to him on Twitter, writing: “You’ll always mean the world to me, I promise to do you proud, I love you with all my heart.”

The Clutha Vaults pub, close to the river Clyde, was hosting a live music event on Friday night and was packed with more than 100 people when the tragedy happened at 10.25pm.

Twelve of 32 people taken to hospital continue to receive treatment, with three in intensive care.

Air accident experts have launched an investigation into what caused the helicopter to crash.

The Police Scotland chief constable, Sir Stephen House, said: “Until the helicopter is completely removed from the scene and the right people are in the premises and are able to look through the rubble completely and start to clear it, we cannot say about exact numbers.

“No one will be putting pressure on them in terms of time but things are proceeding, we are making progress and I know that people want to be reassured of that.

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