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Praise for survivor of the Aquila disaster

Timmy Rowley at home in Maryport

A Sheriff has praised the only survivor of the Aquila disaster for giving evidence at the inquiry into what went wrong.

The Aquila went down off the west coast of Scotland in July 2009 after a trawling line snagged on the seabed. Three fishermen from Maryport in Cumbria all drowned: Tony Hayton, Peter Hilton and Martin Sanderson.

Their colleague Timmy Rowley survived.

Sheriff Paul Crozier ruled the ship's captain was not responsible for the accident, and getting a rescue helicopter to them more quickly would not have saved the men.

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Fishing boat accident verdict

A coastguard vessel at the site where the Aquila went down Credit: ITV Border

A fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of three fisherman from Maryport has ruled the ship's captain was not responsible for the accident and despite delays in scrambling a rescue helicopter the men would not have survived.

The Aquila went down off the west coast of Scotland in July 2009 after a trawling line snagged on the seabed.

Tony Hayton, Peter Hilton and Martin Sanderson all drowned.

The Aquila's upturned hull Credit: ITV Border

A written report today has concluded that even though there was confusion about getting an air sea rescue helicopter to the scene the men would not have been saved.

Sheriff Paul Crozier also praised the only survivor Timothy Rowley who gave evidence at the proceedings.