§ SIR WILLIAM WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been 158 drawn to the case of the Peterhead fishing boat Try Again, which put into Buckie Harbour on the 14th instant, having lost four of her crew who were washed overboard; whether there is reason to believe that this loss of life might have been prevented if the boat had been provided with safety rails; and whether he will consider the desirability of requiring the larger class of fishing boats to be provided with satisfactory safety rails?
§ THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. A. GRAHAM MURRAY,) Buteshire
I am informed by the Fishery Board that the calamity in question was reported to them, but no reference was made to the question of safety rails. The Board, however, have repeatedly drawn attention to the extreme desirability of providing such rails, and at the beginning of this year issued a notice to owners and masters of deep-sea fishing-boats calling their attention to this important matter.