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Community pays tribute to Allan Slater

THE Reawick & District Boating Club has paid tribute to Allan Slater who died during the Skeld regatta on Saturday.

Witnesses said the 63-year old, from Sandwick, was on the marina when he fell into the water at some time after 7pm.

He was quickly recovered from the water but all attempts by locals to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

An ambulance arrived 45 minutes after being called, and he was taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

Police in Shetland said on Monday that they were contacted at 7.38pm. There were no suspicious circumstances and a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

A spokesperson from the boating club said the community was shocked and saddened by the tragic event.

“Allan sailed at many Skeld regattas over the years and was always an enthusiastic and cheery competitor.

“We would like to express our thanks for all the help that was given at the time and also the respect shown by everyone present.

“Our heartfelt condolences go to Kathleen and family at this very sad time.”