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Solway Harvester tragedy crew remembered

Composite image of victims of Solway Harvester
(Top left to right) Robin Mills, David Mills, John Doyle Murphy. (Bottom left to right) Andrew "Craig" Mills, Martin Milligan (pictured with his fiancee), Wesley Jolly, David Lyons

A memorial service has been held to honour the seven men who died on board the Solway Harvester 10 years ago.

The Kirkcudbright scallop dredger sank off the Isle of Man on 11 January 2000 with the loss of all its crew.

A special ecumenical service was held in their honour at St Ninian's Priory in Whithorn on Sunday evening.

Rev Alex Currie said the event was intended to be a low-key commemoration of the lives of the young men from the area who died in the tragedy.

Family members gave readings as part of the service.

The Solway Harvester
The Solway Harvester sank off the coast of the Isle of Man 10 years ago

The Solway Harvester set off from Kirkcudbright on 10 January 2000 towards scallop grounds in the Irish Sea.

The following morning the crew encountered heavy seas near the Isle of Man.

An attempt was made to head for shelter in Ramsey Bay but the boat sank in the stormy waters.

On board were skipper Andrew Mills (known as Craig), 29, his brother Robin Mills, 33, their cousin David Mills, 17, Martin Milligan, 26, John Murphy, 22, David Lyons, 18, and Wesley Jolly, 17.

All seven men, from the villages of Whithorn, the Isle of Whithorn and Garlieston, lost their lives.

In 2005, the boat's owner, Richard Gidney, was acquitted of manslaughter charges after a judge ruled there was no case to answer.

Three years later a coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on the crewmen who died.

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