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Stricken Trident trawler inquiry evidence considered

Trident
Image caption The trawler was heading to Peterhead when it sank off Caithness in 1974

The inquiry into the loss of a trawler and its seven crew 35 years ago has concluded.

At the close of proceedings at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, a one-minute silence was held for those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

The Trident was heading home to Peterhead when it sank off Caithness in October 1974.

A report into the disaster will be submitted to the secretary of state for transport in due course.

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

The men's families have always maintained the vessel was unstable.

The original inquiry in 1975 concluded the trawler had been hit by a succession of waves.

The inquiry has heard that the probable cause of the sinking was a sudden catastrophic capsize.

However, Ailsa Wilson QC - for the office of the Advocate General - said there was no reliable evidence the loss was caused by deficiencies in design stability.

Sheriff Principal Sir Stephen Young will now consider the findings of the inquiry before announcing his conclusion.

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