Police Scotland have urged people not to move or take equipment installed for water emergencies.

As we approach Drowning Prevention Week, Renfrewshire Council have recently installed new Public Rescue Equipment in Renfrewshire at White Cart footbridge in Paisley and the River Gryffe in Bridge of Weir, Linwood and Renfrew.

Two new lifebelts were placed on the banks of the river, as well as GPS signage which can be used to confirm the exact location of an incident quickly to the emergency services.


Photo: Two images show leftbelts moved to places that could not be reached in an emergency if someone was in trouble in the water
Photo Credit: Police Scotland

The equipment follows the recent implementation of seven new GPS signs placed at potentially dangerous areas along the River Gryffe.

However, on a number of occasions, equipment has been removed completely or moved to areas that are not immediately accessible during an emergency.

Police Scotland issued an appeal asking people to leave the equipment in place as it could save a life.

They said: “As we approach Drowning Prevention Week PLEASE act responsibly and consider the consequences of your actions.

“Please leave this equipment in place as every second counts in an emergency. This equipment could save your life, the life of a friend or loved one.”

As well as Council funding, Police Scotland provided £10,000 towards improving water safety in Renfrewshire.


Photo: Chief Inspector Rhona Fraser (left) and Councillor Marie McGurk (right), in March, with some of the new safety equipment
Photo Credit: Renfrewshire Council

A water safety sign showing the GPS code on the bank beside a viaduct
A water safety sign showing the GPS code at the River Gryfe in Bridge of Weir
Photo Credit: Renfrewshire Council

A water safety sign showing the GPS code on the Clay Pit riverbank
Photo: Water safety signs showing the GPS code at the River Gryfe Bridge of Weir (top photo) and the GPS code in Linwood (bottom photo)

Photo Credit: Renfrewshire Council

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