Fatal Accident Enquiry into the deaths of three fishermen is set to commence.

A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is to be held into the deaths of three fishermen who died in 2016 after their boat sank in the Outer Hebrides.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 8:08 am
Photograph of Louisa following recovery

Martin Johnstone, 29, Chris Morrison, 27, and skipper Paul Alliston, 42, were asleep when the creel vessel Louisa began taking on water while at anchor.

They abandoned the vessel but their life raft failed to inflate properly and while the emergency services were alerted by a beacon from the Louisa, the men had perished by the time help arrived.

A fourth crewman, Lachlann Armstrong had clung to rocks until he was rescued.

A preliminary FAI hearing will be held next month. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found that a series of mistakes led to the boat sinking.