Highlands & Islands

Celebration to remember Applecross fisherman Ali Macleod

Alasdair Macleod Image copyright Macleod family
Image caption Alasdair Macleod was a well-known figure in the community of Applecross

A Highlands community is to come together in the new year to celebrate a fisherman's life.

Alasdair Macleod, 57, died while fishing for prawns near Applecross in Wester Ross last month.

A body found at Staffin Bay on the Isle of Skye on 9 December has been confirmed as Mr Macleod, a well-known figure in Applecross.

Plans for a celebration early next month have been released on his blog, Applecrosslife, by his family.

They said the cause of his death had been recorded as "drowned while creel fishing".

In the blog, Mr Macleod's family said they believed he had finished with the creels for the day and was on his way back to where he moored his small boat when he fell overboard.

His unoccupied boat, Varuna, was spotted on rocks north of Applecross Bay.

RNLI and coastguard teams, along with fishing boat crews and police made searches for Mr Macleod at the time but without success.

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