Fisherman who died after falling from creel boat named

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A Whalsay fisherman tragically died after going overboard from a creel boat off Yell on Saturday afternoon.

Alan Douglas Arthur, 61, was recovered from the water at around 2pm near Neapaback, off Burravoe, by a fellow crew member who attempted to resuscitate him before Shetland Coastguard’s rescue helicopter arrived.

Mr Arthur, who had been aboard the small 26-foot Whalsay-based boat Flying Cloud, was airlifted to Clickimin and transferred to the Gilbert Bain Hospital, but attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal in relation to the incident.

Police thanked the emergency services and staff at Gilbert Bain Hospital for their assistance in the matter and passed on their condolences to Mr Arthur’s family.


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