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By Hannah O’Hanlon
A minister, brought up in Tarbert, is pleading with fellow Church of Scotland clergy to help bring the bodies of his ‘dear friend’ Duncan MacDougall, and Przemek Krawczyk, home.
Reverend John MacGregor says he had known Duncan, the skipper of prawn trawler Nancy Glen TT100, which sank in Loch Fyne near its home port of Tarbert on January 18, most of his life.
He described him as a ‘great guy with everything to live for’.
It is hoped the Nancy Glen, which is thought to be sitting at a depth of 459-feet near Barmore Island, can be raised to the surface.
The men’s families want their bodies to be brought home and a online campaign to fund the raising of the boat has collected more than £220,000 in three weeks.
Mr MacGregor, who leads Cadder Parish Church, Bishopbriggs, said: ‘When I heard the news, it was hard to believe that trapped on board was a man whom I have known most of my life.
‘Duncan MacDougall will be remembered as a great guy and an excellent football player.
‘He played for a boys’ team which I managed over 30 years ago.
‘He was a very outgoing and popular young man.
‘We later played for the local amateur team, Tarbert, Lochfyne, in the Scottish Amateur League.’
He added: ‘When he was younger, he came to a youth club which I ran in the local church and Duncan loved the sports and the games.
‘He was very competitive and loved to win.’
Mr MacGregor said: ‘This is a huge project and it needs more than the local people – it needs governments and churches to raise the profile of this tragedy,’ he added.
‘I plead with the members of the Church of Scotland to help the village of Tarbert.’
About 500 people attended a special service on Tarbert’s quayside, last Saturday, led by Church of Scotland minister Rev Catriona Hood, Free Church minister Rev Robert MacLeod, and Matthew Ramsay, superintendent of the Fishermen’s Mission.
A candle was lit and will continue to burn until the missing men are returned home.
Ms Hood said: ‘The way in which the community has pulled together in responding to this tragedy is genuinely remarkable.
‘The Church of Scotland and Free Church continue to work together with The Fisherman’s Mission to respond and support in any way we can.
Matthew Ramsay, the Fishermens Mission superintendent, from Carradale, lights the candle at the vigil. Photo Kevin Mcglynn.
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