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Gairloch canoe deaths: Family thanks for rescue efforts

Ewen Beaton, sons Ewen and Jamie, and Gracie Mackay
Image caption Ewen Beaton, sons Ewen and Jamie, and Gracie Mackay

The families of four people who died in a canoe accident on a Highland loch last month have thanked those who tried to save their loved ones.

Ewen Beaton, five, Jamie Beaton, two, and Gracie Mackay, five, died in hospital following the accident at Loch Gairloch.

The body of the boys' father, Ewen Beaton, 32, remains missing.

The emergency services, hospital staff and friends have been thanked in a joint statement.

The Beatons, from near Beauly, said: "We would like to thank the police, coastguard, RNLI and all the other emergency services who did everything they could for little Ewen and Jamie.

"We would also like to thank everyone for their tireless efforts in the ongoing search for Ewen, including emergency services, local residents and visitors to Gairloch."

Continued support

The family added: "Our focus remains firmly on finding Ewen and bringing him home.

"We would again like to thank everyone for their continued efforts to find him, particularly our dear friends in the local community."

Garry Mackay, who was also on the canoe trip with Gracie and older daughter Callie, eight, also thanked the emergency services.

The Mackays, from Muir of Ord, also praised the efforts of local medical staff and workers at Broadford Hospital on Skye and Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow for their efforts to save Gracie.

In the statement, the family said: "We would also like to thank family and friends and everyone in local community for their continued support.

"We can't believe what people have done for our family and we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts.

"We hope that the emergency teams can find Ewen and the Beaton family is very much in our thoughts at this time."

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