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Shetland death sinking skipper and crewman 'had taken drugs'

Leonard Scollay Image copyright Facebook
Image caption Leonard Scollay died last year in the sinking

The skipper of a boat which sank off Shetland with the loss of a crewman had taken illegal drugs, a report has revealed.

Leonard Scollay, 40, from Lerwick, died when the Diamond went down last year.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said both the unnamed skipper, who survived, and Mr Scollay had their ability to function significantly impaired by drugs.

Mr Scollay was not wearing a lifejacket.

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Image caption The Diamond sank after hitting rocks

The boat had hit rocks on the approach to West Burrafirth Pier in the early hours of the morning in March last year.

It was Mr Scollay's first voyage to sea and he had not had any sea survival training.

The report said: "The skipper employed Leonard without ensuring that he was appropriately trained.

"It is likely that Leonard Scollay would have survived had he been wearing a lifejacket. However, he had taken heroin before the accident and this would have impaired his ability to survive or to appreciate his predicament."

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