Lessons should be learned from fishing accident

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An inquiry into the deaths of three fishermen in 2009 has called for improvements to rescue procedures.

Stornoway Coastguard were involved in the response to the incident where the FV Aquila capsized off the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

The fatal accident inquiry heard that there was a delay in the rescue helicopter arriving at the scene of the accident due to communication problems, however it was concluded that this delay was unlikely to have affected the outcome of the tragic accident in which Skipper Tony Hayton, 45, Peter Hilton and Thomas Martin Sanderson, both 52 were killed.

The report made a number of recommendations regarding procedures.

Sheriff Paul Crozier stated: “Fisherman risk their lives on a daily basis to put food on our plates, their job is an extremely dangerous one and I am full of admiration for the way in which they conduct themselves in carrying out their work. This tragic event led to the loss of three fishermen’s lives. There was a survivor, Timothy Rowley and it would be remiss of me not to commend him for the actions that he took on the 20th July 2009 and the way in which he relived that day in giving evidence to this Inquiry.”