Marine News from John Kinsman

Marine Accident Investigation Branch will not recover Missing Fishing Boat

Marine accident investigators do not intend to recover the wreck of the missing fishing boat FV Nancy Glen which sank in Loch Fyne. Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk were on board the Nancy Glen when it sank on 18 January. The MAIB had been surveying the site to decide if the wreck could be raised but said it could not. Scottish Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing said the Scottish Government would support efforts to retrieve the two bodies. He said it was only right that the Scottish Government intervened to help the families of the missing fishermen.
The Nancy Glen lost sight of its home port Tarbert where the crew and their families lived.
Steven Clinch the chief inspector of MAIB confirmed that the MAIB would not recover the wreck from the sea loch in Argyll and Bute. The families of the two missing fishermen have been informed of the above decision.

Islanders mark 100 years since SS Tuscania sank leaving 200 dead.

An island community has paid its respects to hundreds of solders and crew who lost their lives when a ship sank off its coast a century ago. British vessel SS Tuscania was carrying American troops when it was torpedoed by a German submarine in waters between Islay and Northern Ireland on February 5 1918. Despite efforts by the Royal Navy and Islanders, about 10 of those on board did not survive.
A special ceremony was held on Islay to mark the centenary of the event.
WW100 Islay chairperson Jennie Minto said: “Today was a very fitting local tribute to those lost in the SS Tuscania disaster. In addition to remembering the solders and crew who lost their lives in these tragedies the Islay 100 programme recognises the contribution made the local community to rescue of survivors and its dedication to respectfully burying the dead.
At the time Islay had a population of around 6,000, approximately 1,000 of whom went to war Sadly more than 200 did not return and the impact on the community was significant.

John Kinsman, Coastwatch Officer, Fife