Derry coroner to investigate deaths of Glengad fishermen

A Derry coroner will investigate the deaths of two Donegal brothers who drowned after their boat capsized near Glengad.

A Derry coroner will investigate the deaths of two Donegal brothers who drowned after their boat capsized near Glengad.

Danny McDaid (70) and Francis (68) drowned after their lobster boat the Strath Marie sank in relatively calm waters near the mouth of Lough Foyle on March 14, 2008. They had left from Bunagee pier early that morning and were due to return around lunchtime. Their brother Michael raised the alarm at 5pm that day, when they failed to return.

Both men were from Culkeeny, Malin and were married, with grown families and grandchildren.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board said found that their boat encountered difficulties that were “sudden and without warning” but rejected the families’ claims that another vessel may have collided with the 29ft. long Strath Marie on the day it capsized.

The MCIB also found that neither brother was wearing a lifejacket while their vessel did not carry a life-raft.

An inquest was opened yesterday in Derry, because the brothers were pronounced dead at Altnagelvin Hospital. Derry Coroner’s Court heard that a fresh investigation will now be carried out in the North.

Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) probe later found that their boat encountered difficulties that were ‘sudden and without warning’. However, the board rejected the families’ claims that a speed boat or cargo ship may have been involved in a collision with the brothers’ 9.12m vessel that day. The families were not happy with the MCIB investigation. An inquest was opened today in Derry - the brothers were pronounced dead at Altnagelvin Hospital. Derry Coroner’s Court heard that a fresh investigation will now be carried out in the North.