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Fatal boat trip names 'not taken'

Kaylee McIntosh
Kaylee was missing for 90 minutes before anyone noticed

Organisers of a loch training exercise in which an Army cadet died did not log the names of those boarding the boat, a fatal accident inquiry has heard.

Kaylee McIntosh, 14, drowned during the exercise on Loch Carnan on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides last summer.

The youngster, from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire, died after being pinned under a capsized boat.

A Marine Accident Investigation had previously found that Kaylee was wearing the wrong kind of life jacket.

It uncovered a catalogue of errors including a failure to check that everyone was back on dry land following the accident.

Because no-one had noticed Kaylee, who was a member of the 2nd Battalion Highlanders Army Cadet Force, had been missing she was trapped under the boat for 90 minutes.

I don't think there was a clipboard, he was counting us off in his head
Army cadet, aged 14

On Monday, at the opening of the fatal accident inquiry into her death, a fellow cadet spoke about the preparations for the exercise.

The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age, told Inverness Sheriff Court he did not remember seeing any of the instructors taking names as he prepared to board his boat.

Kaylee was among a group of eight cadets and four adults on the boat when the accident happened last August.

The boy told procurator fiscal David Teale that the sergeant in charge only kept a mental note of who had boarded.

The boy said: "I don't think there was a clipboard, he was counting us off in his head. The adults were memorising the faces of the cadets."

Mr Teale asked: "You did not hear any cadets giving their names to the instructors?"

"Not that I heard," the boy replied.

Tipped over

The inquiry was also told that the man at the boat's controls, Maj George McCallum, had become concerned when one of the other two boats on the exercise had gone far ahead.

A second cadet, 17-year-old Jake Watson, said Maj McCallum then sped up to try to catch it - but when he gave up and turned round, the boat "started filling up with water".

As the boat turned, it listed to the left. The instructor ordered the cadets to the right of the boat and, as they did so, it tipped the other way and capsized.

Mr Watson said he got onto the upturned hull of the boat with a number of others and was taken ashore on the boat they had been chasing.

He said the weather had been drizzly that day, but from the pier there was no sign of rough seas before they set out.

The inquiry, before Sheriff Alastair MacFadyen, continues.

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