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Man drowned on Orkney’s Loch Boardhouse

Man drowned on Orkney’s Loch Boardhouse

A man's body as been recovered, along with a small rowing boat from Loch Boardhouse, the popular trout venue in the Birsay area of Orkney. The man, who was named today by BBC News as 71-year old Andrew Livingstone, was believed to have been fishing with his brother, Stanley (68), who remains missing. The pair, both keen fishermen, are thought to have gone out on Tuesday night and alarm was raised when their vehicle was still parked at the lochside on Wednesday morning.

Two fire and rescue service teams attended the loch, along with police and the Shetland coastguard helicopter.

Boardhouse runs north to south, and is up to a half mile wide, with a narrow waist in the middle. Boat hire in Orkney is limited, and many Orcadians fish from their own boats, which they transport between the major lochs on the island. It is thought that the boat used by the brothers may have been their own.

Malcolm Russell, secretary of Orkney Trout Fishing Association (OFTA) said that on the same night the brothers disappeared the weather conditions were "breezy but by no means dangerous". He added that evening the Association "ran a competition on [Loch] Harray – 35 anglers in 20 boats – without any problems". Loch Harry, which lies a few miles south of Boardhouse, is a bigger loch, at 2,500 acres, and strewn with rocks and skerries.

The police have stated that the incident, "appears to have been a tragic accident".

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