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The two men who died in a tragic diving accident in Barra on Saturday have been named.


They were Iain Ruairidh Macdougall of Castlebay and his friend Ryan McGuckin.


Both men were 39-years-old.


Mr Mac Dougall is believed to have worked offshore. The single man’s parents also live in Castlebay.


Mr McGuckin who was from Falkirk but living in London is believed to have a wife and children. He has visited Barra before.  


The two men were diving near Castlebay where they got into difficulty.


The alarm was raised by a member of the public and a subsequent search and rescue operation involved the Barra coastguard team and lifeboat, as well as a coastguard helicopter.


Inspector Jane Nicolson said: "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both Mr Macdougall and Mr McGuckin at this very difficult time, as well as with the tight-knit community on Barra which has been deeply affected by this tragedy.


"I would once again like to take the opportunity to thank members of the public who assisted the emergency services on Saturday.”


She thanked the emergency services - Barra lifeboat, coastguards, rescue helicopter, Scottish Ambulance Service as well as people in the local community who assisted in the search.


Inspector Nicolson added: "Our enquiries are continuing but there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal as is standard in these cases."



Police release names of men in Barra diving accident  

31 July 2017

Ryan McGuckin

Iain Ruairidh Macdougall