The 45-year old fisherman who fell overboard from his trawler off Stonehaven in the early hours of Tuesday morning has been named as John McTaggart from Moray.
The incident occured four-miles east of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. The crew of the fishing vessel Acorn INS 237 raised the alarm with the Coastguard at around 01.55.
Aberdeen and Stonehaven lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter from Inverness were sent to the area.
Several nearby commercial vessels also helped with the search after responding to mayday broadcasts.
Despite a lengthy and wide-spread search, rescue efforts to retrieve Mr McTaggart from Lossiemouth alive failed. He was recovered from the water and pronounced dead.
It is understood that the Acorn was working in support of a nearby wind farm.
A police spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
The cause of the late Mr McTaggart’s death is unknown and inquiries are underway into the full circumstances of the incident.
Last night his family posted that they were “heartbroken” at the loss of “the best granddad and dad” with daughter Chelsea Louise McTaggert posting on Facebook:
“Feel like I’m living in the worst possible nightmare. I am so heartbroken too be writing this, during the night my dad sadly lost his life at sea my whole life he’s worked away never did I imagine he’d never be coming home… I don’t know how I’ll ever come to terms with this but I promise I’ll do everything I can too stay strong for you and make you proud dad. Sleep tight, l’ll love you forever & ever.”
Another daughter Caitlin Donaldson also wrote of the heartbreak of losing her father saying “So heartbroken to be written this but sadly my Dad lost his life at sea this morning wish it was all just a nightmare you was the best Grandad…”
The Fishing Daily would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family, friends and community of the deceased.