Monday, 28 August 2017

Scottish Premiership Footballer Gary Mackay-Steven rescued after falling in river on night out



A Scottish Premiership footballer has thanked emergency services for rescuing him after he fell in a Glasgow river following a night out.
 
Aberdeen striker Gary Mackay-Steven was pulled from the River Kelvin by firefighters in the early hours of Sunday morning.


The 26-year-old was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where he was treated for the effects of hypothermia.


He has since been released and is understood to be recovering well at home.


Mackay-Steven was in the company of friends when he fell into the water.


A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue service said: "At 2.46am on Sunday 27 August, we were alerted to reports of a man in the water at the River Kelvin near Benalder Bridge in Glasgow.


"Four appliances attended and specialist water rescue crews safely assisted the individual out of the water - he was then transferred into the care of paramedics after suffering the effects of hypothermia.


"Firefighters ensured the area was safe before leaving the scene."
 
 
Mackay-Steven was in the Aberdeen squad to play Partick Thistle in Glasgow on Saturday, but was not included in the team.


An Aberdeen spokesman said: "The club can confirm Gary Mackay-Steven was involved in an incident in the River Kelvin on Sunday morning. He was treated for hypothermia but is now at home and recovering well.


"On behalf of Gary, the club extends its thanks to the emergency services involved.


"The club will not be commenting further on the matter."


The footballer joined Aberdeen in the summer from Celtic.


He has previously played for Dundee United and, as a youth, for Liverpool and Fulham.




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