A YOUNG electrician who lost his life tragically in an accident at Rosyth Dockyard had accepted a dream job in Switzerland just 12 hours before his death.

In an exclusive interview with the Press, the father of Miguel Watt has revealed that one of the last conversations he had with his son was to tell to him "go for" the opportunity that would have taken him to new heights in his career.

The 23-year-old, who trained previously with Dunfermline Boxing Club, had completed an apprenticeship with electrical contractors FES and had spent the last few years working on major projects across Scotland, including setting up the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital in Glasgow for the COVID emergency.

While often working seven days a week, Miguel put himself through advanced electrician exams (CompEx) which opened up the possibility of a highly-skilled job on the global stage.

His dad, John, 49, said: "Ironically, 12 hours before he died he decided he was going to take the job.

"It shows you that life can be so cruel.

"He asked me whether I should go to Switzerland and I said, "go for it son!".

"We were very proud of him but he said the first thing he was going to do when he got his first paycheck was to fly all of his family out to Monte Carlo! He was always extremely thoughtful.

"His grandmother also lives in the Philippines so another thing he wanted to do was to fly out there as soon as he could with the extra money he would have been earning.

"He always had big plans and he just worked and worked to get there."

Emergency services rushed to the dockyard on June 24 following a report of a worker who was injured. Miguel was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but died shortly after.

Inquiries are being carried out by Police Scotland into the incident and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

Miguel stayed in Kinross but had lots of connections in West Fife and had a little sister, Isabel, 11 and brother Carlos, 20.

John explained that the family, along with his wife Maria, had struggled to make it through the most devastating weeks of their life but had been picked up by the support of many people in the West Fife community.

"This time last week I was on the floor, I just couldn't get myself up," the heartbroken father said.

"So many people have reached out and they've lifted us up.

"The joy that people have for Miguel is keeping me alive. There's been an immeasurable amount of support and sympathy.

"He was very much into his fitness so lots of clubs he was a part of did tributes to him, including the boxing clubs in Dunfermline and Glenrothes.

"And his best friend, Morgan, has been an absolute angel raising money for his funeral (see story on page 3).

"He liked the nightlife in Dunfermline too and Lorenzo's also reached out.

"We've even had people contacting us with stories about things he did to help that we didn't even know.

"Everybody he met took a shine to him – you just couldn't have asked for a better son."

John, who is from Wales, was a seafarer along with Maria, and both lived all around the world before they decided to settle in Scotland to raise their family.

"Although Miguel was born in Wales he was very proud to be brought up in Scotland," John added.

"We all made it our home.

"Miguel took on all the opportunities available to him. Worked 12-hour shifts, went straight to the gym and would be off studying for his exams until sometimes one or two in the morning.

"It's just so tragic that he's been taken so young. He had a great future ahead of him.

"We can't imagine life without him, it's such a strange time, but I've got to try and go on being a husband and dad – that's my role.

"It's just going to be a different life to what I expected."