The father of another Argyll fisherman lost at sea in 2013 says the criminal investigation into the Nancy Glen tragedy proves the case for raising the wreck which he believes still holds his son’s body.
Peter MacAlister is angry that the Scottish Government has refused to raise the Speedwell – but raised the other vessel within three months of it sinking.
His son Scott, a 40-year-old dad of three, was the only person aboard Speedwell when it sank off Easdale island in 2013.
Yesterday his father said: “We are just asking for the same thing and if there is a reason for criminal charges, let the procurator fiscal ask the police to investigate it properly.
“If the Nancy Glen was left where it was, nothing would have happened, and five years down the line nothing would have happened. We are not against what is happening for the Nancy Glen, we support it for their families, but the government should be stepping in for us as well.”
Speedwell is lying at a depth of 275ft less than a mile from Easdale village. The Nancy Glen, a much larged vessel, was sitting at 460ft.
A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is due to take place between June 4 and 8.
Mike Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute, said that lawyers will be able to make a point their point during the FAI if information is unavailable because the boat has not been raised.
A Scottish Government spokesman said they sympathise with Mr MacAlister’s family but say it is “not possible” to intervene in ever case where a sinking has resulted in loss of life at sea, adding that they hope the FAI will achieve a “degree of peace.”