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Thursday, 28 March, 2002, 19:09 GMT
Families win fresh trawler inquiry
An inquiry is to be reopened into the sinking of a Scottish fishing boat almost 30 years ago.

The Peterhead-based Trident sank in October 1974 with the loss of all seven crew members.

The wreck was only found last summer off the Caithness coast.

Relatives have long been pressing for a new investigation into the tragedy.

The families met the head of the Marine Accident Investigations Branch (MAIB) in Peterhead on Thursday.

They were told of the decision to re-open the inquiry, a move which was confirmed later by Transport Secretary Stephen Byers.

He said: "As new and important evidence has come to light, I am reopening the formal investigation into this tragic accident.

"I hope it may bring some comfort to the families who lost their loved ones."

Diving team

The crew's families have consistently argued that flaws in the boat's design led to the tragedy.

MAIB inspectors surveyed the wreck using remote vehicle equipment in late July and studied footage from a diving team.

The original inquiry in 1974 concluded that the 85ft Trident sank after "being sucked into a large pocket of water".

But the report by the inquiry added that it was likely that poor stability in the design of the vessel had added to the incident.

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