A TILLICOULTRY family have launched a fundraiser to show support for the organisation that recovered their relative’s body from the Gartmorn Dam.

Greig Stoddart’s body was found in the Sauchie reservoir on Sunday, January 14, three weeks on from when he went missing on the water on Christmas Eve.

His friend, Ian McBurney, had been recovered two days after the incident on Boxing Day.

The Stoddart family had called in Beneath The Surface to help locate their loved one.

Beneath The Surface is a voluntary underwater sonar search and recovery dive team based in Lancashire.

They stepped in to assist Police Scotland with the search, using their sonar equipment to firstly recover the boat and then Greig’s body.

Now, Greig’s family have started a GoFundMe to show their support for Beneath The Surface for reuniting them with their loved on.

Posting on the GoFundMe, Thomas Stoddart said: “On behalf of the Stoddart family, to show our gratitude to Beneath The Surface for helping get our family member home, we are setting up a GoFundMe page to help raise donations.

“They are a charity based organisation and help families all over the UK find closure and bring loved ones back to families.

“They reached out to our family when they saw we were in need and helped bring our Greig back to us.

“We cannot thank Beneath The Surface enough for all the support they have given our family at this hard time.

“Any donations are greatly appreciated to help get new equipment for the team and will help other families in their time of need.”

The Stoddart family enlisted the help of Beneath The Surface after being dissatisfied with the search operation carried out by Police Scotland.

As reported by the Advertiser, they felt Police Scotland were not acting swiftly enough, treating their family members as a “second priority.”

After Greig’s body was recovered, Beneath The Surface posted on their Facebook page confirming the find.

They said: “We can now confirm that recently we have been conducting searches at Gartmorn Dam in Alloa in partnership with Specialist Search Dogs in search for missing man Greig Stoddart.

“On Saturday, January 13, at approximately 1pm, our sonar located what we believed to be the missing boat, and our divers visually confirmed it to be.

“On Sunday, January 14, our sonar detected a potential target and sadly our divers identified it to be Greig.

“We marked the location and reported to Police Scotland whose dive team came out to conduct the recovery.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with all of Greig’s family and friends at this tragic time, as well as with the loved ones of Ian McBurney who sadly passed away in the same incident.

“Rest in peace Greig Stoddart and Ian McBurney.”

The GoFundMe can be found at gofundme.com/f/helping-beneath-the-surface-under-water-search.