Brave fisherman praised
Friend hailed for rescue attempt
A sheriff has paid tribute to the “incredible bravery” of a fisherman who tried to rescue his mate after he fell overboard from a scallop boat.
Darren Rennie dived into the water and put a rope around Scott Rennie who was pulled back onto the boat.
But his crewmates were unable to save him as efforts to resuscitate him before the coastguard helicopter arrived were unsuccessful.
A fatal accident inquiry into the death of Mr Rennie, who fell overboard from the King Challenger near Shetland in June, 2016, took place at Lerwick Sheriff Court last week. The boat belongs to Kirkcudbright firm West Coast Sea Products.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank praised the bravery of Darren Rennie in his rescue bid.
The inquiry has also heard conflicting evidence over how 34-year-old Mr Rennie from Newton Stewart fell overboard. The court heard by videolink from ex-fisherman Paul Jones, who had been on board the King Challenger at the time.
Mr Jones, 38, said that he saw Scott knocked overboard by the port side dredge bar when it “flipped over” owing to the motion of the sea.
His evidence conflicted with a statement he had given to the police that was read out by procurator fiscal Rosie Cook. But Jones told Lerwick Sheriff Court that he had been in shock when he gave the statement to police, just after he learned his friend, who he described as a “brilliant character”, had died.
Crewman Iain Bell, who had been operating the port side gear winches, said that Mr Rennie had simply tumbled overboard with no contact from the gear that was in the process of being mended.
The inquiry has been adjourned until a preliminary hearing on November 21.
Scallop boat The King Challenger which belongs to West Coast Sea Products of Kirkcudbright