Update: Missing fisherman off Western Isles

The search involving the Coastguard search and rescue helicopters based at Stornoway and Prestwick, the Barra RNLI lifeboat, local fishing vessels and Police Scotland for the missing crew of the fishing vessel that sank in the early hours of this morning off Mingulay, Western Isles, has been scaled back pending further information.

One crew member was taken to hospital by helicopter this morning.

Two further crew members have been found, but sadly are confirmed deceased.

One fisherman remains missing. Next of kin are aware and police officers are in contact with the families.

Mark Rodaway, National Maritime Operations Commander, for UK Coastguard said: “Despite an intensive search including the helicopters, lifeboat and other fishing vessels in the area, we have been unable to locate the missing fisherman. Our thoughts are with all those involved.”

Chief Inspector Alastair Garrow, Police Scotland said: “At this time we can confirm that the bodies of two men have been recovered.

“A third man was rescued and was taken to hospital at Stornoway. He is not seriously injured.

“A fourth man was on the boat and is still missing.

“The next of kin of all the men have been informed.

“An investigation will be carried out in parallel with the police and the Marine Accident and Investigation Branch (MAIB) and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

“This has been a tragic incident which will impact on the local community. Our thoughts are with the families affected.”