§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations have been received by the Lord Advocate concerning the loss of the fishing vessel Copia; what consideration has been given to arrangements for recovery of the ship and its crew; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has been made aware of the circumstances of the sinking of the fishing vessel Copia so far as they are known. He is also aware of the difficulties surrounding the investigation because of bad weather and the depth of the water in which the vessel now lies.
Police divers, working at the limit of their operational capabilities, have managed to reach the wreck, but, regrettably, have been unable to locate the bodies of the crew, which may or may not be on board. The procurator fiscal is considering what further actions may be required in connection with his responsibilities and will report in early course to my noble and learned Friend.