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RNLI Kessock donation dedicated to fisherman Craig Reid

Cheque handover to RNLI Kessock Image copyright RNLI
Image caption Money raised from a charity car wash has been donated to RNLI Kessock

Money raised in memory of a fisherman who was lost overboard last month has been donated to the RNLI.

Craig Reid, 25, was working on the Avoch-registered boat, Apollo, when the incident happened 20 miles (32km) north west of Orkney on 18 April.

Stromness lifeboat was launched but the search for Mr Reid was hampered by rough seas and high winds.

Inverness businessman Blair Smith has handed over £2,500 to his local lifeboat station, RNLI Kessock.

The money was raised at a charity car wash that Mr Smith, a friend of Mr Reid's, helped to organise. The fundraiser was held in a car park at Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club's stadium.

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Image caption Craig Reid was lost overboard last month

Mr Smith along with Mr Reid's fiancé Laura Johnson and his brother Stevie Reid handed the donation over to lifeboat volunteers.

Ms Johnson said: "The RNLI is always there when you need them.

"It's not often that the RNLI have to turn back from a shout, but as a charity they need all the help they can get and so anything we can do to help them is our way of saying thank you."

Mr Reid's brother, Stevie, added: "On behalf of all the family we want to thank the RNLI, in particular the Stromness crew for what they do and for all the support we've received over the past few months."

The fisherman grew up on the Black Isle from where the Apollo operates from.

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