Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Three sailors died yesterday after a fishing boat with four men on board overturned at sea. A major search operation was launched when a member of the public saw the boat overturn off Ardnamurchan at around 5.10pm and raised the alarm. One man was rescued by the Mallaig RNLI lifeboat and taken to hospital where his condition is described as not life threatening. The lifeboat also picked up another man who died while the other two were recovered by helicopter.
Mallaig lifeboatThe boat overturned in the vicinity of Bo Fascadale, around a mile-and-a-half north of Kilmory, Ardnamurchan on the west coast of Scotland. The caller who spotted the incident said the vessel's upturned hull was visible among a sea of white waves towards the west of the island of Eigg. Two sailors were recovered by the Mallaig RNLI lifeboat and taken to hospital where one was pronounced dead on arrival. Another man was recovered by a Royal Navy helicopter while one was picked up by the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter.