Highlands & Islands

Orkney man dies in Sutherland boating accident

Police are investigating the death of a fisherman from Orkney who died off Talmine in Sutherland after his small boat got into difficulty.

Northern Constabulary have named the man as David Cooper, 50, from Stenness. He was pronounced dead when he was pulled from the water.

A second man, believed to be in his 30s, made it ashore and was taken to Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

The incident near Tongue Bay happened at about 0330 BST.

A spokesman for Aberdeen Coastguard said they did not know how the pair had come to be in the water, and that it was now a police matter.

He said: "One of the fishermen had made it to shore when we arrived and he was taken to hospital, but sadly the second man was already deceased in the water.

"The incident is now being investigated by the police."

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