Campaign raises more than £100,000 for lost Tarbert fishermen

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Fishermen are rallying round the families of the lost Tarbert men whose boat sank in Loch Fyne – as a public campaign to bring the boys home raised more than £100,000.

Three days after the 40-foot Tarbert fishing boat Nancy Glen sank just off her home port in the sea loch, the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust set up a fundraising campaign to raise the vessel from the depths.

The boat hit trouble on the early evening of January 18 and, despite the efforts of many different crews who came to her aid, the boat was lost.

Skipper Duncan MacDougall and crewman Przemek Krawczyk have not yet been found. Another crewman was rescued by a fish farm vessel before the Nancy Glen went down.

Experts believe the two men lost were on the vessel, which now lies on the seabed.

Despite an extensive shoreline, air and sea search involving six Coastguard rescue teams, the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Prestwick, four RNLI lifeboats, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland and several local commercial vessels, the two missing fishermen have not been found.

The families now want the boat recovered – which will cost a substantial amount of money.

Elaine Whyte, of the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust, said: ‘Clyde fishermen want to do all they can to assist these families at this time and in the future. We ask for support in this task.

‘Please give generously so that these families may lay their men to rest and that their children are supported through the tough times ahead.’

Tarbert fisherman Kenny MacNab, who chairs the Clyde Fishermen’s Association, said: ‘The community spirit in Tarbert, as usual, is beyond exceptional but I feel I must concentrate my efforts on trying to raise the Nancy Glen and try to get closure for the families.

‘Let’s hope we achieve the best outcome for the families. If we stick together as a community, I have no doubt we will.’

Look out for the many shops and other places where you can donate in cash.

Julie-Anne Wood, head of maritime operations for HM Coastguard, said:  ‘Following an intensive search, sadly we have been unable to locate the two missing fishermen. Our thoughts are with all those involved.’

Police Inspector Julie McLeish added:  ‘Police Scotland is supporting the search operation. We are in regular contact with the missing men’s families. It is a very distressing time for them and the local community as a whole.’

Paul Daly, RNLI area lifesaving manager, said: ‘Our voluntary crews from Tighnabruaich, Campbeltown and Arran stations carried out an exemplary job in the sea search for the missing fishermen. The thoughts of our crews and of the whole RNLI are with the families.’

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