Saturday, October 19, 2019
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The life of Alasdair Macleod, whose body was recovered from the Staffin shoreline, is to be celebrated.

Mr Macleod, a fisherman in Applecross, was reported missing on November 20 after his boat, Varuna, was found on the rocks north of Applecross Bay.

A celebration of his life is to be held in 2018 by his family.

In an update on Mr Macleod's blog, Applecross Life, the family wrote: "Ali’s body was identified much more quickly than we’d expected; we had been warned that it would take several weeks to do this using DNA. However, it was suggested that dental records might be used instead. By Monday evening the fiscal’s office had phoned to say that ID and post mortem were complete and his death certificate could be issued."

"We believe he had finished with the creels for the day and was on his way back to the mooring when he went overboard. All the prawns had been tubed and were in the vivier tank.  We were told that the Varuna was travelling at around five knots when she grounded on Saint Island, which is much faster than she would have been going if Ali had been shooting creels.

"The Marine Accident Investigation Board is investigating what happened and will issue a report.

"We had already decided that we would organise a celebration of Ali’s life in Applecross, before a private cremation in Inverness the following day, and that we would eventually scatter his ashes in the Inner Sound.  We had planned to go ahead with the celebration early in the new year, whether his body had been found or not, but when the identification went ahead so quickly we briefly hoped that we might be able to move this to before Christmas. However, there is too much to organise for this to be realistic and Applecross is so busy with visitors during New Year week that finding accommodation for family and friends would have been impossible. So the plan is to hold the celebration on January 4 at the Clachan Church."

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