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Widow asking Alex Salmond about Trident sinking review

Image caption The trawler Trident sank in 1974 with the loss of seven men

A woman widowed when a trawler sank in 1974 is to ask First Minister Alex Salmond for his support for a judicial review.

The Peterhead boat Trident sank off Caithness with the loss of seven lives.

An inquiry found no one person could be blamed, but relatives believe stability issues caused the vessel to sink.

Jeannie Ritchie, who lost her husband and father, is to meet Mr Salmond at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

Radio contact with the Trident was lost on 3 October, 1974.

A film of oil was reported on 6 October, in the area of the last known position of the boat.

Robert Cordiner, Alexander Ritchie, George Nicol, James Tait, Thomas Thain, Alexander Mair and Alexander Summers died.

Six of the crew were in their 30s. Mr Nicol was in his 50s.

The wreck was found by amateur divers several years ago.

Sir Stephen Young, sheriff principal of Grampian, Highlands and Islands, earlier said in his findings, following an inquiry, that the loss of the Trident was not caused, or contributed to, by any wrongful act.

He said a loose trawl net may have contributed to the vessel's instability but no-one was to blame for the loss of the Trident.

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