Criminal investigation over fishermen deaths

8 May 2018, 12:33 | Updated: 8 May 2018, 12:34

Nancy Glen

A criminal investigation is being held into the sinking of a fishing boat in which two men died.

The Nancy Glen went down in Loch Fyne, near Tarbert, on January 18 this year.

Duncan MacDougall, 46, and Przemek Krawczyk, 38, who lived in the village, were on board when the trawler sank.

The alarm was raised by a third fisherman who was pulled from the water by the crew of a passing boat.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that police have been asked to investigate.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The Procurator Fiscal has instructed Police Scotland to investigate the circumstances around the deaths of Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk in Loch Fyne on January 18 2018.

"The families will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.

"As this is a live investigation it would not be appropriate to comment further."

A specialist lifting barge was used to bring the wreck to the surface last month and the bodies of the missing fishermen were recovered.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) had previously conducted a seabed survey of the ship which had been lying at a depth of more than 459ft (140 metres).

The MAIB said at the time it could not raise the boat but the Scottish Government stepped in to work with salvage specialists and the families of the crewmen to support efforts to recover the bodies.