Highlands & Islands

Crab boat Louisa that sank off Mingulay is raised

Crab boat Louisa Image copyright Alasdair MacLennan
Image caption The Louisa sank on 9 April

A crab boat that sank with the loss of three fishermen has been raised on the instructions of accident investigators.

The Louisa sank on 9 April as it lay at anchor in calm seas off Mingulay in the Western Isles.

The bodies of two crew members have been found. The skipper is still missing and presumed dead.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said salvaging the boat would aid its investigation.

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Image caption The bodies of Chris Morrison, left, and Martin Johnstone were recovered after the sinking

The crabber is being taken to a dock on Clydebank.

The bodies of Chris Morrison, 27, from Harris, and Martin Johnstone, 29, from Halkirk, Caithness, were found following the sinking.

Skipper Paul Alliston, 42, from Lewis, remains missing despite a massive search. Only Lachlann Armstrong, 27, from Stornoway, Lewis, survived after swimming ashore.

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