Highlands & Islands

Fishermen dies after boat sinks off Taransay

A fisherman has died after the vessel he was working on sank off the Western Isles.

Three men were rescued from a life-raft after the Achieve got into difficulties at 15:00 off the isle of Taransay.

They had made a mayday call and were located by the Stornoway coastguard helicopter after firing a flare.

The three men were all winched aboard and taken to Western Isles hospital. Two were discharged, but police later said the third man had died.

The dead man has been formally identified as 45-year-old Norman MacLeod, who was known as Teddy. He was from the Isle of Lewis.

All three men on board the 10m fishing vessel were from the Western Isles.

The owner of the boat was one of the two men who survived.

Stornoway Coastguard watch manager Ed Thompson said: "It would appear that the fishermen's vessel sank very quickly.

"And, although they were unable to give us their position during their Mayday call for help, they had flares in the life-raft and so were able to quickly attract the attention of the helicopter when it arrived on scene."