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Remains found off coast identified as missing fisherman

Police have said human remains recovered by a vessel off the Scottish coast last month are those of teenage prawn fisherman Daniel McNeil.

Mr McNeil, 16, from North Shields, had been missing after the trawler he was working on capsized following a collision with a ferry on 5 August.

His remains were brought into Eyemouth harbour after the discovery by fishing vessel on Sunday 7 November.

Inquiries into the collision are still ongoing.

'Deepest sympathies'

Det Insp Jim Robertson from Lothian and Borders police, said: "Finally, Daniel McNeil's family has some closure following his identification and our deepest sympathies are with them at this time as they come to terms with their loss.

"Work is still ongoing to find out what resulted in this tragedy and we will continue to liaise closely with our partner agencies to reach a conclusion."

He added: "Anyone with information that can assist with these inquiries is asked to contact police immediately."

Daniel's 20-year-old brother, who was also on board the North Shields-based Homeland prawn boat, was pulled to safety by another boat following the collision with the Scottish Viking ferry.

More than 20 fishing vessels and lifeboats were involved in the search, which spanned an area of more than 30 square miles off St Abb's Head.

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