Man dies after falling overboard from fishing boat

A man has died after he and another crew member fell overboard from a fishing boat.

The couple were picked up from the water by the third crew member after falling into the sea in the Sound of Rum.

Police said one of the men, a 61-year-old man, was pronounced dead.

A rescue operation was launched after the Coast Guard received a Mayday call from the ship just before 7:10 p.m. Thursday.

The Mayday said two of the three crew members entered the water two nautical miles northwest of the Isle of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides.

Mayday relay broadcasts were broadcast to ships in the area and the Stornoway Coast Guard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats from Mallaig and Tobermory were dispatched to the scene.

The Coast Guard said the crew member still aboard the fishing boat managed to get the two men back on board, where the helicopter’s winch paramedic attended to them.

A Scottish Police spokesperson said: ‘Police have been called over a report that two men fell overboard from a fishing boat in the Sound of Rum.

“Emergency services were there, including Mallaig’s RNLI lifeboat and Stornoway’s HMCG helicopter.

“The two men were recovered from the water, but one of them, a 61-year-old man, was unfortunately pronounced dead.

“There are no suspicious circumstances. A report will be given to the tax prosecutor.

The other man suffered a minor injury and did not require hospital treatment.

A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard said: “The Mallaig RNLI lifeboat escorted the fishing boat to Mallaig harbor, where they were greeted by Scottish Police and the Coast Guard Rescue Team from Mallaig. “

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