The fisherman who died after falling overboard from the Shetland trawler FV Copius has been named. Photo: @Trawlerphotos

The fisherman who died after falling overboard from the Shetland trawler FV Copius has been named. Photo: @Trawlerphotos

The fisherman who died after he went overboard from a local trawler off the Shetland Islands has been named by police.

The unfortunate casualty has been named as Edison Joseph Carrera Lacaste, 45, from the Philippines.

A mayday call was raised from the trawler FV Copious LK 985 at 03:20 in the early hours of Thursday morning when the vessel was about 30 nautical miles south east of Sumburgh Head.

The Shetland Coastguard rescue helicopter and Lerwick lifeboat were sent to the scene, while other vessels in the area also responded.

Mr Lacaste was recovered from the water and flown ashore before being taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick where he was later pronounced dead.

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Police said they were working with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to establish the full circumstances of the incident, and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal in due course.

The MAIB said in a statement: ” We have started an investigation into yesterday’s fatal man overboard from the UK registered trawler Copious (LK985) off Sumburgh Head, Shetland, Scotland.

“Sadly, one fisherman lost his life when he fell overboard. The MAIB is investigating the circumstances that led to the accident.”

A fundraising appeal for the family of a fisherman who died after falling overboard near Shetland yesterday raised more than £10,000 within hours.

The appeal was set up by Robie Johnson, who said her friend Joseph Lacaste died in the incident 30 miles south east of Sumburgh in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The fundraiser is looking to raise money for the father of two’s family back home in the Philippines to assist them with mortgage payments, as well as living and travel costs.

The fundraising appeal can be found on Facebook.

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael said it was “also a tragic reminder that fishermen do a dangerous job to put food on our table”.

Fisherman in tragic overboard incident on Shetland trawler named

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