Doting dad dies in Methil diving tragedy

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FIFE police have launched an investigation after a 31-year-old man died while diving in the Forth near to Methil Docks.

Proud dad Graeme Rae Mackie was from Tranent.

Fife Police and the Health and Safety Executive are carrying out a joint investigation under the direction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Mr Mackie’s family have requested to be allowed to grieve in peace after their loss but did issue a statement.

They said: “Graeme was a loving, caring man who was devoted to his son, Daniel, partner Kelly and his close family.

“He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.”

The tragedy happened on Saturday afternoon when Mr Mackie, who is believed to have been diving for scallops, was reported missing by his fellow divers after failing to resurface and they were unable to see any bubbles.

Crew members on the fishing vessel Rob Roy issued a mayday call to Forth Coastguard shortly before 2.30pm.

Two divers on a nearby catamaran went down to bring the unconscious man to the surface.

A spokesman for the RNLI confirmed that Kinghorn lifeboat, along with two lifeboats from Anstruther, a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer and several coastguard rescue teams, were called to help look for the missing diver in the Methil area.

Mr Mackie was located by a nearby vessel and rescued from the sea.

“He was transferred ashore via Kinghorn lifeboat then taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by helicopter,” the spokesman added.

Mr Mackie died at the hospital despite the best efforts of medical staff to revive him.

East Fife Mail followers on the newspaper’s Facebook profile reported seeing a rescue helicopter at the dock area winch the man aboard at around 3.40pm on Saturday.

His death echoes a similar tragedy which took place further around the shoreline three months ago.

James Irvine (42), from Glenrothes, was killed while diving for razor fish at Largo Bay. Again, he also failed to resurface and it wasn’t until the following day that his body was pulled out of the water.