Remains found as Nancy Glen fishing boat is recovered from loch

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The boat is brought to the surface of Loch Fyne by a lifting barge

Human remains have been found on the Nancy Glen fishing boat after it was raised from Loch Fyne.

The boat sank near Tarbert in January with the loss of two crew members.

It was brought to the surface by a lifting barge after the Scottish government stepped in to pay for the operation.

The bodies of Duncan MacDougall, 46, and Przemek Krawczyk, 38, are believed to be inside the wreck. A third crewman, John Millar, was rescued.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Work has been ongoing overnight and today 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 tomorrow."

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Przemek Krawczyk and Duncan MacDougall were on board the Nancy Glen when it sank in January

Police divers had earlier arrived at the site in preparation for an attempt to recover the bodies of the crew members, who lived in Tarbert.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) initially conducted a seabed survey of the 40ft boat, which was said to be lying at a depth of more than 459ft (140m), but announced it had no plans to raise the wreck.

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The Scottish government stepped in to the fund the recovery
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The Nancy Glen had been more than 459ft below the surface

The Clyde Fishermen's Association raised nearly £300,000 through crowdfunding to finance a salvage operation so that the bodies could be retrieved.

The Scottish government then stepped in to fund the operation, reported to cost about £1m. The money previously raised will be used to support the families of the men who died.

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The Nancy Glen TT100 pictured in Tarbert in 2011