Al­most ready for Nancy Glen lift

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

WORK has con­tin­ued this week on clear­ing de­bris from the wreck of the Nancy Glen.

Speak­ing on Tues­day, Elaine Whyte of the Clyde Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion said that re­search ship Sev­ern Sea con­tin­ued to work us­ing re­motely op­er­ated un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cles to re­move fish­ing gear, ropes and other ma­te­rial from the boat.

She told the Ad­ver­tiser: ‘The oper­a­tion is slightly be­hind sched- ule due to ad­verse weather, but it is al­most com­plete.’

This was slightly at odds with an ear­lier Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment statement.

A gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said: ‘We are con­fi­dent all of the de­bris has now been cleared around the site of Nancy Glen and a for­mal un­der­wa­ter vis­ual sur­vey will con­firm this.

‘Work to mo­bilise a barge with lift­ing equip­ment at the site will take place over the next few days and we hope to com­mence fur­ther prepara­tory work this week be­fore any lift­ing be­gins at the site.

‘This con­tin­ues to be a com­plex task with a num­ber of tech­ni­cal chal­lenges, mean­ing there is no guar­an­tee of suc­cess. We are in close con­tact with the fam­i­lies and are keep­ing them up­dated as the re­cov­ery pro­gresses.’

The boat sank on Jan­uary 18 with the loss of skip­per Dun­can MacDougall and crew­man Prze­mek Krawczyk.

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