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Man recalls Neve Lafferty and Georgia Rowe bridge fall

Georgia Rowe and Neve Lafferty
Image caption Georgia Rowe and Neve Lafferty were attending the Good Shepherd Centre

A man who saw two girls fall to their deaths from the Erskine Bridge has described their final moments to a fatal accident inquiry.

James O'Kane said he saw two figures wrap their arms around each other before leaning back and falling into the River Clyde on 4 October 2009.

Neve Lafferty, 15, and Georgia Rowe, 14, from Hull, died after plunging more than 100ft from the bridge.

Both girls were residents at the nearby Good Shepherd Centre in Renfrewshire.

Mr O'Kane told the inquiry at Paisley Sheriff Court that he was driving over the bridge when he saw two figures towards the centre of it.

'Nothing there'

He said: "They were sitting on the railings facing the traffic.

"They just leaned back off the bridge towards the water. They just put their arms around each other and leaned back and fell."

He stopped his car and rushed to the barrier while his passenger called the police.

Mr O'Kane said: "I looked over the barrier but there was just nothing there."

The families of Georgia and Niamh wiped tears from their eyes as they listened to the evidence.

The inquiry, before Sheriff Ruth Anderson, continues.

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