Statement from the owners of the Louisa SY 30

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The fishing vessel the ‘Louisa’ sank off Mingulay on April 9th with the tragic loss of three men Chris Morrison, Paul Alliston and Martin Johnstone, another man Lachlann Armstrong survived.

Today the families of Duncan and Murdo Kennedy, owners of the Louisa, said: “We are totally devastated at the loss of Paul, Chris and Martin due to the tragic sinking off Mingulay last Saturday.

“Our thoughts, sympathy and prayers are with Paul’s mother, Wilma, and family in Stornoway, Chris’s partner, Naomi, and his children, Jessica and Hazel, also his parents in Leverburgh, Martin’s parents and family in Thurso and with Lachlann and his family, as he reflects over the tragic loss of his close friends in the sinking.

“We would like to thank the whole community of the Western Isles that has rallied round and offered support at this difficult time and give special thanks to the MCA, Police Scotland, Stornoway and Prestwick Rescue Helicopters, Barra lifeboat, Finlay MacLeod, RMDSS, and all those that have assisted in the search, both on land and at sea, since last Saturday.

“We are engaging fully with representatives from MAIB, officers from Police Scotland and the vessels insurers, as they continue their comprehensive investigation into events which occurred into and following the sinking of the Louisa.”