Three children and one man died when canoe capsized in Scottish Highlands

The survivor of a canoe capsize tragedy that killed four

said he “believed the children were wearing lifejackets”.

“I didn’t realise they were only wearing buoyancy aids which

don’t keep your head out of water if you lose consciousness,” Garry Mackay


Mackay’s youngest daughter died in the accident last month,

which also killed his best friend and two sons. His eight-year-old daughter

Callie was the only other survivor.

“I thought, we will hold onto the boat and someone will

rescue us,” Mackay said. “However, the boat sank, leaving the six stranded.”

Mackay added: “It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to

make but I knew if I stayed I would drown too, and the kids would never be


The tragedy has strengthened calls from volunteer group

LochWatch Loch Awe to make wearing lifejackets compulsory.

Argyll and Bute Nationalist MSP Michael Russell is

supporting the move. He said: “You wouldn’t get in a car without wearing a

seatbelt, so why would you get in a boat without a lifejacket?”

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