The keen angler, who was known as Bob or Bobby to pals, died while on a fishing trip with another friend on Loch Lomond on Friday, August 22. Robert fell from a boat into the water and failed to resurface. It is understood that he couldn’t swim.
The 67-year-old Drumchapel man’s body was pulled from the loch, near to Rowardennan Pier, the following day after an extensive search. Last week Robert Gorman, who was a close friend of Mr McKeown, told the local press how he had rushed to the scene immediately after hearing his pal was missing in a desperate attempt to find him. Robert was later asked to identify his friend’s body by police.
He said: “Bobby was a close friend with whom I socialized and fished with on Loch Lomond among other places. “I got a call at home early Saturday morning advising me what happened, so I drove down to Balmaha and took my boat up to Rowardennan, where the incident occurred. “I know Bobby doesn’t have any family so I gave my name and contact details to the police so they could let me know if anything happened.
“I had to identify Bobby in Drymen later on Saturday afternoon.”
Last week it was revealed how following Mr McKeown’s death cops had been unable to trace his next of kin and had appealed for anyone who knew his relatives to get in touch. As Mr McKeown lived alone in Cloan Avenue, a picture of his bus pass was also released in the hope that someone might recognise him and pass word to relatives. However, despite a public appeal officers have said that they are still no further forward to finding his relatives. Crews from the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat, the Scottish Fire and Rescue, HMS Gannet, HM Coastguard, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service all battled in vain to find Mr McKeown after the alarm was raised.
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