Cumbernauld man is named amongst final victims of Clutha copter crash

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 14:03 on 3 December 2013.
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John McGarrigle, 57 (far right) was from Cumbernauld.

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A CUMBERNAULD man was amongst those sadly killed at Glasgow's Clutha Vaults bar, last Friday, Police Scotland has confirmed.

In a statement realised late last night, Police Scotland confirmed the four remaining names of the nine killed after a Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter accidentally crashed through the pub's roof, at 10.25pm on Friday 29th November 2013.

Yesterday afternoon the helicopter was winched off of the pub’s roof, with Alan Crossan – the pub’s owner – telling the media that he intended to re-open the pub.

He told the Guardian: “It has to be rebuilt, the same way it was before."

After owning the pub for twelve years, Mr Crossan said the experience was “surreal” and “just awful”, as the helicopter crashed into the pub, which had approximately one-hundred and twenty people inside at the time of the collision. 

Mr Crossan added: "Just seeing the helicopter coming out of there was a bit surreal. There was a silence about the place … it was just awful. It's very hard to describe seeing how big it was, as it's coming out just hanging in the air, the damage it has caused, the lives it has taken."

Since the incident took place, Scotland has been a nation of “mourning”, according to First Minister Alex Salmond, who said Friday was a “dark day” for Scotland, with Prime Minister David Cameron praising the emergency services and sending his “deepest sympathies” to all of those affected by the incident.

Yesterday night, Police Scotland confirmed the names of the nine people killed by the helicopter’s accidental collision, with a statement issued earlier today. 

On Monday 2nd December, four new names were confirmed. They were Robert Jenkins (61) and Mark O’Prey (44), both from East Kilbride; Colin Gibson (33) from Ayr, and John McGarrigle (57) from Cumbernauld.

The confirmation of the last four names has now completed the formal identification of all those who died in the incident, with the nine people killed now confirmed as Gary Arthur, 48; Constable Tony Collins, 43; Constable Kirsty Nelis, 36; Captain Dave Traill, 51; Samuel McGhee, 56; Robert Jenkins, 61; Mark O’Prey, 44; Colin Gibson, 33; and, John McGarrigle, 57.

Police Scotland’s Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “All nine names of those who died in the tragic incident last Friday in Glasgow have now been confirmed. Our thoughts first and foremost are with the families and friends of all those who have died. As our investigation continues we will of course go on providing support to the families involved.

“This has been a difficult and complex operation which has involved painstaking work and the skills of specialist personnel from across the emergency services. I would like to thank all those involved for their professionalism and respect with which they conducted this operation.

“I would also like to thank all those who have passed on their messages of sympathy and support. This continues to be of great comfort. 

“The management of the incident has now been handed over to Glasgow City Council. The Police Scotland investigation, led by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, and the inquiry by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch both continue.”

In an announcement made just before this article’s publication, STV News have confirmed that the helicopter’s fuel tank was not near empty at the time of the collision, with the safety measures attached to the helicopter’s fuel tank prevented further devastation. 

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