‘I don’t want to be here’: Ship owner pleads guilty to failing to take medical evacuation

The former owner of a ship that was used as a staging point for emergency medical evacuations after an oil spill has pleaded guilty to criminal negligence.

Key points:Mr McEntee, 61, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal negligence manslaughterThe vessel was on the way to a medical evacuation to Port LargsThe court heard Mr McEnte had been “lucky” to be on the ship’s dock when the oil slick started to riseHe has also admitted a number of breaches of health and safety regulations and is facing two years’ probation and two years of community service.

The ship was on a routine medical evacuation from Port Lares to Port Ayrshire on January 11, 2013 when the accident occurred.

The Coast Guard said the accident left five crew and one passenger dead and injured dozens of others.

Mr McENTee is facing up to seven years in prison if convicted.

His barrister said the defendant was “extremely remorseful” for his actions.

“He admits he is very lucky that he was on that ship.

He is sorry,” said Paul Kelly.”

It’s very difficult for him, but he is remorseful for the circumstances that led to the accident.”

Mr McEnerie pleaded not found at the Central Criminal Court in Glasgow on Friday.

The accused, who has previously pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of criminal damage, will be sentenced on November 21.

The hearing took place in the County Court, the court said, but is not publicised.

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