Local News for Friday 15th April 2016

Funeral tomorrow for Leverburgh fisherman
The funeral of 27-year-old Chris Morrison, who died after the fishing vessel Louisa sank off Mingulay last weekend, is to be held tomorrow at the Church of Scotland in Scarista. The funeral will be at 2pm, with interment at Borve cemetery, Isle of Harris. A service will be held tonight at the Church of Scotland in Scarista at 9pm. Collections will be taken at the church in support of the Fishermen’s Mission.


Searches continued yesterday for the one crewman still missing since the sinking. Volunteers including Coastguard and RNLI teams, and local boat owners, made searches of Mingulay, Pabbay, Sandray and Berneray in an effort to locate skipper Paul Alliston, also known as Paul Macmillan, of South Lochs. The Louisa’s owners Duncan and Murdo Kennedy were reportedly among those searching, with a large number of boats from Lewis and Harris heading south to join the search.
Duncan Macinnes secretary of the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association, described the sinking of the Louisa as the worst tragedy experienced in the Western Isles for 60 years.
 
Weather warning
There’s been a Met Office warning for cold weather and snow from early this morning until around 10am, with advice that a band of rain, falling as snow across high ground, will spread south across northern Scotland into Friday morning. Snow may fall down to around 300 metres bringing slight accumulations, with temporary slush and icy patches at lower levels.
 
Guess the age of the skull
A piece of bone found on a croft in Ness has been confirmed as part of a human skull by police investigators. The piece, turned up in sandy soil by rabbit digging, has now been passed to archaeologists at the Comhairle, who will visit the site next week and attempt to date the find.
 
Sport
Lewis Camanachd are away to Lochaber tomorrow, with throw-up at 1.30pm, and there are first league football matches tonight between Aths and Lochs, Back away to Ness and Point hosting United at Garrabost. A first-round ABC cup tie will be held next Monday between Carloway and Ness. All kick-offs are at 6.30pm. On Wednesday evening Carloway beat United 4-nil in their first-round cup match.