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Footballer recovering after river rescue

By Lucinda Cameron

An ex-Celtic footballer has thanked emergency services after he was rescued from a river.

Gary Mackay-Steven was pulled from the River Kelvin in Glasgow by fire fighters in the early hours of Sunday.

The 26-year-old now plays for Aberdeen and was on the bench for the club's 4-3 victory over Partick Thistle on Saturday.

He is believed to have been at a nearby nightclub on Saturday before the river rescue.

An Aberdeen FC 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."

Fire fighters were called to reports of a man in the water at the River Kelvin near Benalder Bridge in Glasgow at 2.46am on Sunday.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "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.

"Fire fighters ensured the area was safe before leaving the scene."

Police Scotland said: "Around 2.40am on Sunday, August 27, police received a report of a 26-year-old male in the River Kelvin, Partick.

"Emergency services attended and a full search of the area was carried out, with the male being located.

"He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital."

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