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Sturgeon pledges to help recovery of fishermen's bodies

The two men are presumed dead after their boat sank on Loch Fyne last month.

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to help ensure the bodies of two missing fishermen are brought home.

Duncan McDougall and Przemek Krawczyk are presumed dead and their bodies on board the Nancy Glen fishing boat after it sank on Loch Fyne last month.

A third member of the crew, John Miller, managed to survive the disaster after being rescued from the water.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), which is a UK Government agency, do not plan to raise the vessel as they believe the investigation can be concluded with the help of sonar surveys, the deployment of underwater robots and testimony from Mr Miller about the moments leading up to the tragedy.

It is understood the boat is around 140m below the surface.

Nancy Glen: Around £200,000 has been raised to recover the boat.
Nancy Glen: Around £200,000 has been raised to recover the boat. The Carlisle Kid/Geograph

The Clyde Fishermen's Trust has raised almost £200,000 through a crowdfunding appeal to help recover the vessel privately.

Conservative MSP Donald Cameron, who represents the Highlands at Holyrood, asked what the First Minister can do to help the families.

Cameron said: "Within the last hour I spoke to Duncan's father and he has asked all politicians to work together to bring the boys home.

"So can I ask the First Minister what support can the Scottish Government offer the families affected and will she commit to working with the UK Government to ensure the vessel is recovered as soon as possible?"

The First Minister said she had written to both families to convey sympathies to them "at this unimaginably difficult time".

Sturgeon said the matter had been raised at the Scottish Cabinet on the last two occasions it met.

She said: "I am very clear as First Minister, the Scottish Government are very clear, that one of those considerations should be the desire-the understandable desire-of the families to recover the bodies of their loved ones.

"The Scottish Government will offer whatever support we can.

"I obviously cannot preempt the conclusions the MAIB will come to but I can assure the Member, and the chamber, that we will do everything possible not just to support the families but to ensure they can recover bodies of their loved ones."

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