Published: 03/09/2012 16:55 - Updated: 04/09/2012 11:51

Funerals of Gairloch tragedy children announced

Written byBy Jenna Conti

The funeral of five-year-old Grace Mackay will take place on Wednesday.
The funeral of five-year-old Grace Mackay will take place on Wednesday.

THE families involved in the Gairloch canoeing tragedy have publicly thanked the emergency services for the strenuous rescue efforts on the day and members of the close knit communities for their on-going support.

The Beaton family has also thanked everyone involved in the "tireless" search and rescue effort, which is still on-going today, for missing Beauly father Ewen Beaton.

Their thank yous come as the dates of the funerals of the three youngsters who lost their lives are announced.

Mr Beaton was one of six people, including four children, in the boat when it overturned in Loch Gairloch on Sunday August 26.

His sons two-year-old Jamie and five-year-old Ewen died later after being rescued by helicopter from the water and airlifted to hospital.

A third child, Grace Mackay, from Muir of Ord, near Inverness, died in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow on Monday, August 27. Her 35-year-old father and eight-year-old sister Callie managed to swim to the shore and raise the alarm.

The funeral of Grace Mackay will take place on Wednesday at East Church, Muir of Ord. The funeral of Ewen and Jamie Beaton will take place on Friday September 7 at Inverness Crematorium.

In a statement released through Northern Constabulary the Beaton family have thanked the emergency services who were involved in the rescue mission on that fateful Sunday.

The funerals of Ewen and Jamie Beaton are taking place on Friday
The funerals of Ewen and Jamie Beaton are taking place on Friday

It read: "We would like to thank the Police, coastguard, RNLI and all the other emergency who did everything they could for little Ewen and Jamie.

"We would also like to thank everyone for their tireless efforts in the ongoing search for Ewen, including emergency services, local residents and visitors to Gairloch.

"Our focus remains firmly on finding Ewen and bringing him home. We would again like to thank everyone for their continued efforts to find him, particularly our dear friends in the local community.

"Our thoughts are also with the Mackay family at this extremely difficult time."

Meanwhile the Mackay family also released a statement which thanked everyone for their support.

It read: "Garry, Wendy and Callie (8) would like to thank the emergency services for their effort and support, including Police, RNLI, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, local medical staff and staff at Broadford Hospital and Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow.

"We would also like to thank family and friends and everyone in local community for their continued support.

"We can’t believe what people have done for our family and we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts.

"We hope that the emergency teams can find Ewen and the Beaton family is very much in our thoughts at this time."

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