The HMCG helicopter from Stornoway was called to the scene of an overboard incident in the Sound of Rum where a fisherman died

The HMCG helicopter from Stornoway was called to the scene of an overboard incident in the Sound of Rhum where a fisherman died

A 61-year-old man has died following an incident two nautical miles northwest of the island of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides.

The incident which occurred early yesterday evening (Thursday 24 June) involved a fishing vessel with three crew members onboard. It is reported that two of the members went overboard after they fell into the sea in the Sound of Rhum but the pair were recovered from the water by the third crew member.

A rescue operation was launched after HM Coastguard received a Mayday call from the vessel just before 7.10pm. The alert was issued to other vessels in the area and the Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway, along with the RNLI lifeboats from Mallaig and Y-Tobermory were dispatched to the scene.

The Coastguard said the remaining crew member had managed to get both men back onboard, where the helicopter’s winch paramedic attended to them.

Police say that the 61-year-old was pronounced dead.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 5.30pm on Thursday, 24 June, police were called to a report of two men having fallen into the sea from a fishing vessel in the Sound of Rhum.

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“Emergency services attended, including the RNLI Lifeboat from Mallaig and HMCG helicopter from Stornoway.

“Both men were recovered from the water but one, a 61-year-old man, was sadly pronounced dead.

“There are no suspicious circumstances, a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

An HM Coastguard spokeswoman said: “Mallaig RNLI lifeboat escorted the fishing vessel to Mallaig Harbour, where they were met by Police Scotland and Mallaig Coastguard Rescue Team.”

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Overboard incident from fishing vessel in Sound of Rhum results in death

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