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Aquila survivor "disgusted" at inquiry outcome

The only survivor of a fishing tragedy that killed three Cumbrian men says he's 'disgusted' at the outcome of an inquiry into the accident.

The scallop dredger, Aquila, overturned off the West Highland coast of Scotland in 2009. Tony Hayton, Peter Hilton and Martin Sanderson all drowned. An inquiry heard there was a delay of 23 minutes in getting a rescue helicopter to the scene.

But a sheriff has ruled the men were likely to have died anyway. Survivor Timothy Rowley from Maryport tried to save crewmate Peter Hilton by keeping him afloat.

He thinks the delay did make a difference.

He says: "There is a lot in the report I don't like and I think it stinks to be quite honest with you. I think it would have made a difference to at least Peter and definitely to myself. In those conditions, even with a life jacket on, it is twenty mins to half an hour survival time. For me to survive an hour and twenty minutes is a miracle. There was someone looking after me that day. "

Sheriff Paul Crozier has recommended a review of training for coastguard personnel and that air rescues are co-ordinated by the aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Kinloss and not individual coastguard stations.

He added: "There was a survivor, Timothy Rowley, and it would be remiss of me not to commend him for the actions that he took on the 20 July 2009."