Human remains are that of missing teenage fisherman

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Human remains found off the Berwickshire coast last month have been identified as those of teenage fisherman Daniel McNeil.

Forensic tests confirmed that remains recovered from the sea last month were those of the 16-year-old.

Daniel, from Tynemouth in North Shields, was on board the Homeland prawn boat when it was involved in a collision with the Scottish Viking passenger ferry on August 5.

The trawler capsized following the collision with the ferry and Daniel was lost at sea.

More than 20 fishing vessels and lifeboats were involved in the search, which spanned an area of more than 30 square miles off St Abb’s Head.

His remains were brought into Eyemouth harbour after the discovery by a fishing vessel on November 7.

Inquiries into the collision are still ongoing.

Detective Inspector Jim Robertson said: “Finally, Daniel McNeil’s family has some closure following his identification and our deepest sympathies are with them at this time as they come to terms with their loss.

“Work is still ongoing to find out what resulted in this tragedy and we will continue to liaise closely with our partner agencies to reach a conclusion.”

Daniel’s 20-year-old brother, who was also on board the North Shields-based Homeland prawn boat, was pulled to safety by another boat following the collision with the Scottish Viking ferry.