‘Absolutely diamond’ schoolboy dies three days after being rescued from river

A schoolboy has died after being rescued from a river.

William McNally, 13, passed away on Saturday morning after he was pulled from the River Gryffe in Renfrewshire, Scotland, days earlier.

The teenager was pulled from the water near Auchans Farm in Houston, Johnstone, at about 6.50pm on Wednesday, June 2.

He was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where medics described his condition as "critical", the Daily Record reports.

Following William's tragic death, tributes have poured in for the youngster, who was described as "one of life's most kindest people" with "quirky traits", following the heartbreaking news.

One family member said on Facebook: "My heart is so heavy and my body feels so numb, this doesn’t feel real to even write.. heaven has gained an absolute diamond this morning.

"One of life’s most kindest people you could ever meet, a massive part of both mine and my son's life, his ‘best friend’, his buddy boy, the one that taught him how to play bad guys.

"I will miss you so much William.

"Rest in peace my little pest xxxx"

Another said: "Totally gutted wee William was such a good and such a lovely polite wee boy.

"His mum & dad brother and sister are all devastated it’s heartbreaking x"

A crowdfunding page has been set up to help give William the send off he deserves.

Organiser Cheryl Burke said: "Sadly in the early hours of 5/6/21, 13-year-old William lost his life in a tragic accident.

"His parents made the selfless decision to donate his organs and help Save the lives of many other people.

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"William was a character full of life and had many wonderful quirky traits.

"Any donations would be greatly appreciated to help a devastated family that have had their world turned upside down.

"Lets help give him the send off he deserves. Rest in peace William."

The GoFundMe page has already smashed its £500 target, and at the time of writing sits at over £7,000.

A probe into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy continues.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of a teenage boy in the River Gryffe near to Auchans Farm around 6.50pm on Wednesday, June 2.

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“The boy was recovered from the water and was taken to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow where he died on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

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