A 23-year-old man missing after a boat he was in capsized on Saturday afternoon in an Argyll loch was a dad-to-be, a family friend revealed today.
Kieran Cowan, from East Lothian, was with two friends aged 23 and 27, on Saturday afternoon when the small fishing boat they were on in Loch Awe capsized.
It has been revealed that his partner Lisa Reid is pregnant with his daughter.
His friends managed to swim to safety on a nearby island. They were taken to Oban hospital where they were later discharged.
They have been helping specialised police dive teams in locating the place Mr Cowan was last seen.
Mr Fairley said: “Kieran Cowan was a delight to many people, someone who made everyone laugh and had a heart of gold. Kieran had a solid, steady income and after the recent tragedy that will now affect his family.
“It breaks my heart but as everyone knows Kieran and Lisa are due to have a little baby girl.
“I have never felt so helpless in my life so as a very close friend I would like to help as much as possible. Our group of friends that Kieran grew up with, are doing everything they can to help and I’m sure everyone else would like to do the same.
“Every penny raised will be donated to Lisa Reid to support and provide a little comfort for Lisa and their little baby girl.
“Once the time period is over I will personally make a book with every person’s name, donation and message that will then be given to Lisa and her baby girl to show the love and support she has from every single person who helped her through this tough time.
“We all miss you so much Kieran and we will do everything we can to support your family.
“Thank you for your support.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that a search was continuing for Mr Cowan.