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  1. Boy reunited with dad stuck on boat near house

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    father and son

    A boy has finally been reunited with his seaman father who he had longed to see while his boat was moored near their house during lockdown.

    Four-year-old Euan Gordon had only been able to wave to his dad Alasdair when the vessel docked just 100m (328ft) from their home in Oban.

    But now Alasdair has finished his stint at sea and returned to his family.

    Mum Seonaid Russell said it had been like Christmas Day when her son was reunited with his father.

    Alasdair Gordon, 41, is in charge of the deck on the Pharos, which is responsible for the operation of Scottish lighthouses. Under normal circumstances, when the boat is moored near his home he can spend the night with his family.

    But since the lockdown began, Alasdair and his crew have been instructed to stay on the ship when it is tied up in dock.

    However, he has now finished his latest stint at sea and been allowed to go home for 28 days.

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  2. Boy yearns to see seaman dad moored on ship outside house

    Euan waves to his father Alasdair Gordon on his ship moored in Oban

    A mother has told of the heartbreak of seeing her four-year-old son waving to his father who is unable to get off his ship when it is moored outside their house during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Seonaid Russell, 34, said it was "tough" to watch her son Euan yearn to see his bosun father when he was just 100 metres from their house in Oban.

    The family live in a cabin which overlooks the town's port.

    Alasdair Gordon, 41, is in charge of the deck on the Pharos, which is responsible for the operation of Scottish lighthouses.

    Since the lockdown, Alasdair and his crew have been instructed to stay on the ship when it is tied up in the dock.

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