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Fishing boat alarm was turned off.


A FISHERMAN died after an alarm which should have sounded when his boat flooded was disconnected.

Norman Macleod was in the water for 20 minutes after the fishing boat Achieve sank off the isle of Taransay, near Harris, on February 21 last year.

Two fellow crewmen dragged him into the liferaft and all three were taken to hospital in Stornoway but Norman, 45, was delirious with hypothermia when he arrived and later died of a heart attack.

The boat sank after water got into the fish hold. Marine accident investigators found that the bilge alarm had been disconnected.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 14, 2014
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