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Eyewitness remembers tragedy on Loch Etive

sneil@obantimes.co.uk

LIFE is full of strange coincidences. Kiwi Mary Parker’s uncle, John Reynolds, drowned with two others in a boating tragedy in Scotland 62 years ago, but she did not know where. All she knew, passed down from family history 18,000 miles away in New Zealand, she penned in a 100-word snippet, titled ‘A body of water I know well’.

She wrote: ‘My uncle drowned, age 24, in a Scottish loch,’ Mary wrote. ‘The landlady where he and his three friends were staying, for a weekend’s break, told them not to take the dinghy out. It was Sunday, and blasphemy, she said. They did, it capsized, and three of the four beautiful boys died, swept out to the freezing, North Atlantic Ocean.

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