Highlands & Islands

Western Isles fish farm firm fined over worker's death

A Western Isles fish farming company has been fined £70,000 for an incident in which a worker died in 2008.

Peter Duce, 61, from Harris, drowned when the dingy in which he and four colleagues were travelling capsized on Loch na Fraoich on Lewis.

West Minch Salmon was found guilty of breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Stornoway Sheriff Court heard that the boat was designed to carry three people rather than five.

The other fish farm staff managed to swim to safety.

Mr Duce's family said they hoped that lessons would be learned from this tragedy to prevent it from happening to any other family.

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