Shetland: Community grieves after boat death – Fishupdate.com

Shetland: Community grieves after boat death Published:  21 March, 2007

POLICE in Shetland have named the fish farm worker who died in a tragic accident near the village of Voe on Monday evening.

Martin Ramsay, from Burravoe in Yell, died when he fell overboard from the salmon workboat Conquest.

The men on board the Conquest had been harvesting salmon from cages in the Aith area and were heading for the Voe Pier to land the fish, when Mr Ramsay was lost.

The 44 year-old was in the water for around an hour before he was found. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Yesterday, the salmon farming business Mainstream said it had launched its own investigation into the accident.

Speaking from Orkney, the company’s financial controller Roger Dart said: “This is obviously a very distressing moment. A member of our staff has already been seeing the family to express our deepest regret.

“We will fully co-operate with the police in their investigations and will issue a statement once these are completed.

“At this stage we can’t say anymore as we don’t want to pre-empt the investigations that are ongoing.”

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has also started an investigation into the accident, and a Fatal Accident Inquiry may be carried out.

Mr Ramsay only married a few years ago and leaves a widow and child. Both his parents still live in Burravoe where he was brought up.

Yell Community Council chairman Dan Thompson said yesterday the community was in a state of shock.

“The whole district is completely saddened by this and deeply concerned for his widow and child. He is well used to working with boats even in the open sea. It’s very unfortunate for this to happen in shore,” Mr Thompson said.

Monday’s accident was the second fatal industrial accident in Shetland within less than 10 days. On Saturday last week 26 year-old James Thomson died on a building site at Levenwick while apparently working with a canister of expanding foam.

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