Nice to see that this happened last night - story courtesy of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle @ http://www.chronicle...72703-27026440/
Pals say farewell to fisherman Daniel McNeill
Aug 9 2010 by Robert Weatherall, Evening Chronicle
FRIENDS of teenage fisherman Daniel McNeill have taken part in a moving ceremony to say goodbye to their pal.
Former school friends of the popular 16-year-old gathered at the water’s edge to share fond memories of the lively character who was popular with all who knew him.
Daniel was lost at sea last week after the fishing vessel he was on was in collision with a North Sea ferry five miles off the Scottish coast.
Last night the people who knew Daniel best gathered to pay tribute to him and throw bottles with tributes to him into the sea.
In each bottle friends had written messages telling Daniel how much he meant to them and how much he will be missed. One of Daniel’s friends James Dorward attended the touching ceremony.
Discussing the event on a Facebook page set up to honour Daniel’s memory, he said: “I hope you enjoyed tonight, mate, it was all for you. Bet you never realised how popular you were. Well look at that, eh? Everyone turned up, put our messages in bottles and sent them in the sea to you. RIP pal.”
Another friend, Sophie Conlon, wrote: “Dan, you would have loved tonight. It was amazing.
“Everyone was talking about memories they’ve had with you and it was just lush. I set a lantern for you – God knows where it’s got to. Thinking of you always.”
Daniel was on board the Homeland with his brother when it collided with the ferry off the coast of St Abbs, near Eyemouth, Berwickshire, on Thursday night.
Despite a massive search and rescue mission involving 20 fishing vessels and lifeboats, his body has not yet been recovered. However, it is understood his family and other fishermen were last night continuing the search.
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “The official search for Daniel has been called off. However, it is understood family members and local fishermen are continuing the search.”
The Scottish Viking passenger ferry is run by Norfolkline, part of DFDS Seaways, which operates services between Rosyth, Scotland, and Zeebrugge in Belgium.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) enforcement officer has examined the ship as part of the agency’s investigation into whether there was any breach of the Merchant Shipping Act.
The MCA said the outcome of that investigation was likely to take “days or weeks” and would inform any decision on whether a police investigation was necessary.