Human remains found in fishing boat

12 April 2018, 17:34

Nancy Glen recovery

Human remains have been found in a fishing vessel raised from the seabed in an attempt to recover the bodies of two fishermen.

Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk were on board the Nancy Glen when it capsized in Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute on January 18.

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

Police on Thursday said the vessel had been raised to the surface after a specialist lifting barge was brought to the loch.

However it has not been deemed safe for specialist officers from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit to enter the boat and complete the recovery and identification process.

Specialist teams will remain on standby until it is deemed safe for them to enter the vessel.

A major search was launched by police and coastguard teams after the boat sank in January but no trace was found of the missing men.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Work has been ongoing overnight and today (Thursday) to raise and secure the Nancy Glen.

"Salvage teams who have been on board the vessel have described finding human remains.

"While the vessel has now been lifted clear of the water, it remains unsafe for specialist officers from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit to enter the boat and complete the recovery and identification process.

"This process will not be completed until it is deemed safe to do so and the specialist teams will remain on standby.

"The families are being kept up to date with the progress being made.

"It is anticipated that the teams will be able to continue their work on Friday."

A police underwater unit boat was at the scene on Loch Fyne on Wednesday and investigations are continuing.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that the boat has been raised and that efforts are ongoing in order to make it safe for police officers seeking to recover any bodies or remains which are on board."

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

The MAIB said 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 retrieve the bodies.