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Sunday, 24 June, 2001, 18:42 GMT 19:42 UK
Families push for Trident inquiry
Diver shines light
A diver examines the Trident wreckage
The families of seven fishermen who died when their vessel sank in the North Sea in 1974 are to step up their demands for a fresh inquiry into the tragedy.

The relatives of the crew of the Trident, which sank off the coast of Caithness, say there has been a cover-up.

Video footage of the wreckage of the vessel, which was last week shown to the families, has re-awakened questions about the tragedy.

The relatives have received backing from Banff and Buchan MP Alex Salmond following a meeting on Sunday.

The families feel that the original inquiry held after the sinking of the vessel in October 1974 failed to examine the boat's stability.

Donna Low
Donna Low, whose father died in the tragedy
They claim the boat was dangerously unstable and should never have been allowed to go to sea.

They have asked the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to hold a new inquiry into the sinking.

Jeannie Ritchie, who lost her husband Alexander and her father George Nicol, said: "We feel God's given us another chance to find out and we want the inquiry reopened.

"We want to find the truth about how our families lost their lives, and answers."

Donna Low, whose father died when the vessel went down, said: "I was only six years old when he died and I feel I missed my whole live without a father.

Wreck search

"I believe we couldn't find the trident, but the trident has found us.

"It is my duty to find out what happened to my father."

The Trident was less than two years old when it went down.

Robert Cordiner, Tom Thain, Alex Ritchie, George Nicol, James Tait, Alex Summers, and Alexander Mair all died.

Divers found the Trident in 70m of water while searching for the wreck of HMS Excellent, which was torpedoed during World War II.

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