A Marine Accident Investigation has been launched to find out the circumstances behind the sinking of fishing vessel ‘Louisa’ off Mingulay, 12 miles south of Barra, at the weekend (Saturday, April 9th).
The sinking resulted in the deaths of two of the crew, with a further man still missing. One man, who was not seriously injured, was rescued and taken by helicopter to Western Isles hospital in Stornoway.
It has been reported that the foundering of the Stornoway registered fishing vessel took place while at anchor.
The Coastguard had received a distress alert just before 3.45am on Saturday morning when the fishing vessel’s emergency positioning beacon (EPIRB) was activated.
An intensive search took place throughout Saturday and continued on Sunday as the Coastguard carried out coastal searches of the island.
Also at the scene were RNLI volunteers, the Police Scotland Air Support Unit, with support from Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd who re-opened the airport in Benbecula to assist in the search.
Chief Inspector Alastair Garrow said: “All of the partners are determined to do everything they can to help the family and the community deal with this tragedy.
“Police Scotland have an enquiry team working alongside other agencies and the known circumstances will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. There will be further investigations necessary to fully establish what has happened.”
At this time no further details on the identities of the men have been officially released.