Victim named after helicopter crash on North Uist

Peter Clunas has been named as the victim of a helicopter crash. Picture: Police Scotland
Peter Clunas has been named as the victim of a helicopter crash. Picture: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have confirmed the identity of the man who died in an incident involving a helicopter on North Uist yesterday.

The victim has been named as Peter Clunas, 59, who was from the Newburgh area in Aberdeenshire.

The collision occurred in Scadavay loch on North Uist in the Western Isles on Wednesday, June 13.

His family released the following statement: "We would like to thank emergency services for all their efforts at the scene of the accident.

“Peter was a larger than life character who loved flying. He was a keen cyclist and swimmer. He will be missed by all who knew him.”

He leaves a partner Angela and two sons Alasdair and Bob from his previous marriage to Jane.

Mr Clunas was the sole occupant of the helicopter which was carrying salmon when it came down into the water at Loch Scadavay yesterday.

Western Isles area commander Chief Inspector Ian Graham said: "Our thoughts remain with Mr Clunas's family and friends at this difficult time, as well as the local community on North Uist."

"I would also take the opportunity to express our thanks to the members of the public who assisted at the scene during this tragic incident."

"Our enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing and officers have been liaising with partner agencies, including the Air Accident Investigation Branch which has attended at the scene today," Chief Inspector Graham said.