Pensioner’s body found in Clyde

Bothwell riverbank search scene
Bothwell riverbank search scene

THE body of a 79-year-old woman was recovered from the River Clyde in Bothwell yesterday afternoon.

The pensioner had been reported missing from her home in the village earlier in the day.

A police spokesman said: “A post-mortem will take place to establish the exact cause of death, but there would appear to be no suspicious circumstances.”

Officers from the police marine unit recovered the woman’s body shortly after 1pm.

The emergency services were called to the area adjacent to the upmarket Royal Gardens housing development some hours earlier after a report that a body had been seen in the water.

Officers cordoned off a stretch of the the riverbank footpath between Bothwell Castle and the David Livingstone Bridge.

The area is popular with walkers and one said: “We were walking towards the castle but were turned back because of the police activity.

“They wouldn’t say what they were doing, but it became clear they were looking for someone in the water.

“Given the water temperature at this time of year and the high level of the river after all the rain we’ve had, it was always going to be a case of looking for the poor woman’s body rather than a rescue mission.”