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Capsize boat fishermen remembered

The Aquila/Pic: BNM - TrawlerPhotos
The crew of the Aquila were said to be experienced fishermen

Three Cumbrian fishermen who died when their boat capsized off the coast of Scotland will be remembered in their home town at the weekend.

Skipper Tony Hayton, 45, Peter Hilton and Thomas Sanderson, both 52, all from Maryport, died when the scallop dredger Aquila overturned on Monday.

A memorial service will be held in the town on Sunday evening and a minute's silence held during the blues festival.

The boat capsized off Ardnamurchan Point in the west Highlands.

A 32-year-old man was rescued and was later released from hospital.

'Many emotions'

Maryport Mayor Peter Cross said the mood in the town was: "One of shock, devastation. It is quiet around Maryport in the last couple of days in the build up to the blues festival.

"It's very, very sad. It's an awful thing to have to deal with for anybody."

Coastguards said the men were not wearing lifejackets. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch will investigate why the boat capsized in relatively good conditions.

Mr Cross said: "It's a tragedy that shouldn't happen in this day and age.

"These people go out to do their jobs every day and obviously they know the risks, but it's an awful thing to happen nonetheless."

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, near the harbour, at 1800 BST on Sunday.

Kevin Ellis, team rector of the Anglican churches in Maryport, said: "The families, like the rest of the community, are demonstrating lots of emotions - sadness, grief, shock, bewilderment."



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