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Home at last

It’s a strange thing, but Loch Fyne looks different this week.

The return of Duncan and Przemek this week to their families is an important step in the grieving process.

The fact this was achieved is remarkable. From one of the deepest parts of Loch Fyne, in virtually zero visibility, in surprisingly powerful tides and treacherous winds, to recover this fishing boat is an achievement.

It was down to the determination of many people – the families, local fishermen, the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) and politicians, among others – that it happened at all.

The strength of feeling in Tarbert, wider Argyll and beyond – as demonstrated by the incredible fundraising effort – played a part in the decision by the Scottish Government to help with and fund the recovery.

Perhaps the loch seems different because we know these two loving, and loved, family men are now back home with their families. We wish peace for everyone affected by this tragedy.

And in the words of the CFA: ‘Rest in peace, Duncan and Przemek, from your friends and fellow fishermen.’