Friday, 22 June 2007

Canoe tragedy

A member of the public spotted a body floating in the sea off Bragar at 6.50 am today. He alerted the emergency services, who recovered it to dry land. Identification confirmed it was that of Daniel McTaggart, the 12-year old boy from Arnol who has been missing since earlier this month.

He went out for a canoeing trip with his father, when something went wrong. The father, Joe, was found shortly after the incident floating in the sea, and was taken to hospital in Stornoway where he died. Search parties were mounted for Daniel in the aftermath of the tragedy, but yielded no results - until today.

However tragic this case, at least there is now closure for the family. I wish them strength at this difficult time.

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