Skipper tells of fight to save son –

Skipper tells of fight to save son Published:  05 September, 2007

A SKIPPER has told BBC News how he fought in vain to save his son who fell to his death from their boat in the North Sea.

Willie Reid said his son William, 26, from Inverness, was dragged overboard when his foot snagged in nets.

Their boat Apollo was fishing 100 miles off Aberdeen when the accident happened on Monday. The crew pulled William back on board but he died.

Mr Reid said: “It’s just a simple accident but unfortunately it cost my son his life.”

The Apollo was registered in Inverness and fishes out of Peterhead. Mr Reid, 46, said: “He was helping put the nets in the waters. It’s something we do a thousand times a week but his foot was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I thought he would be okay but when I pulled him on board I could tell that he wasn’t.

“He was in the sea for no more than 20 minutes. There must have been something wrong with his heart because he should have survived that length of time in the sea.”

Mr Reid added: “My son died doing what he loved doing best.”

The accident happened at about 1700 BST on Monday. Aberdeen Coastguard was contacted and a BP helicopter flew out from an oil platform in the Miller Field to pick the father-of-one up. He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but pronounced dead on arrival.

A coastguard spokeswoman said conditions had been good, with a moderate breeze and good visibility. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has been informed. As is normal in such circumstances, a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.