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Guide Us KY 340

    Lewis harbour death man was from Aultbea
    fisherman slipped between boat and quayside

    Published: 09/04/2011

    The man who died after falling into Stornoway harbour early yesterday was a Wester Ross fisherman.

    John MacKinnon, 38, of Aultbea, is understood to have been making his way back to his boat when the accident happened.

    Mr MacKinnon, who is believed to have relatives on Lewis, worked on the 60ft prawn trawler Guide Us which was berthed in the portís North Beach quay, beside the fish mart. It is understood he slipped between the vessel and the quayside in the Inner Harbour when trying to get on board the boat.

    The alarm was just raised after midnight and police, coastguard and ambulance personnel attended the incident

    The RNLI lifeboat crew recovered Mr Mackinnon from the water and he was taken to the Western Isles Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Police said there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances involved at this stage.

    Last night Mr MacKinnonís family at Aultbea did not wish to comment, but Free Church minister the Rev Jeremy Ross said: ďThe family would like to thank those who made every effort to save Johnís life, and to also thank the local communities in Aultbea and Stornoway including the Seamanís Mission and the port missionary in Stornoway for their help and concern.Ē

    The Guide Us recently relocated to Lewis from Eyemouth though she has retained her registration in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

    She is skippered and crewed on Lewis and fishes out of Stornoway to work the Minch prawn grounds.

    A report is being submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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