The fisherman who died after the trawler Njord capsized off Norway on Sunday afternoon has been named locally as Ronald MacKinnon
The fisherman who died in a tragic incident when the fishing vessel Njord capsized off the Norway coast on Sunday has been named locally as local fisherman Ronald Mackinnon.
Mr Mackinnon was one of eight crew members onboard the 24-metre trawler which capsized 100 nautial miles west of Stavanger at around lunchtime on Sunday. It is believed that Mr Mackinnon died because of injested of diesel whilst in the water after the boat overturned.
Rescuers has found the crew clinging to the keel of the upturned Njord (formerly known as the Courageous). The Norwegian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) said three of the crew who had ingested diesel were airlifted to hospital in Bergen and one later died. The remaining five were picked up by a light boat from the oil service ship “Olympic Challenger” and were transported in a rescue helicopter to Sola. There, they are taken care of by the municipality’s crisis team.
The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it received a distress alert from the vessels EPIRB at 13:49 on Sunday in the Norwegian search and rescue region.
The Norwegian Coastguard was contacted and confirmed it had also received the alert and a helicopter was sent to the location of the EPIRB signal.
It is believed the boat, built in 1992, sailed from Peterhead on Saturday afternoon.
Tributes have been paid to Mr Mckinnion by family and friends.
Christopher Bruce from Fraserburgh wrote on Facebook, “Absolutely devastated to hear of this. Ronald Mackinnon you were an amazing step dad for the time we spent together. You wouldn’t of met a nicer person who would do anything for you. My thoughts are with all his kids, his partner and of course his family back here. RIP Nogs.”
Stephanie Steven North said, “Well what can you say! Absolutely devastated today by the sad news of the passing of Ronald Mackinnon noggins to all of us! A true friend crew mate brother son father uncle! You were a great friend of mine and all of us nogs may your star shine bright like you until we meet again my friend May you rest in peace we will miss you so much my friend love to all family and friends at this sad time.”
The Fishing Daily wishes to offer their conolences to the family, friends and the Peterhead fishing community of the late Mr Mackinnon our condolonces on his passing. RIP.