Rescue Shows why Emergency Towing Vessel is Essential
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    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Rescue Shows why Emergency Towing Vessel is Essential

    The need for the Emergency Towage Vessels (ETV) around the UK coastline was clearly highlighted again following the rescue of the stricken cargo ship Red Duchess . The thirteen hundred tonne ship, which was rescued off the Isle of Rhum on Tuesday, was towed to Stornoway by the coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Anglian Prince after a twenty hour tow in adverse weather conditions. The Red Duchess was helplessly drifting within half a mile of the shoreline after she lost all power to the engines off Rhum on Tuesday in a Force Seven gale. Mallaig lifeboat secured a line onboard and but could only manage to hold her off the rocks until the Stornoway based ETV arrived to tow the vessel out of danger. The Anglian Prince, which is due to be withdrawn from service thanks to Westminster Government cuts, is specifically designed for rescue operations such as this and has again proved her worth by preventing pollution in the pristine West Coast of Scotland.

    KIMO UK Chair Cllr Norman MacDonald stated "It is folly for government to try and save money in a manner that puts the environment and lives at risk. Since the cuts were announced the Anglian Prince has twice helped vessels in distress. The first time she aided the HMS Astute, the billion pound submarine, which had run aground off Skye and then this vessel the Red Duchess. The Emergency Towing Vessels must be kept in service."

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    These vessels need to be kept going at any cost is 32 billion enough for the enviromental damage that cold be done or lives lost ,, its better sitting at anchor and not needed than gone and needed surely a petition should be started

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    Oct 2006
    Fraserburgh , Scotland


    Total cost of the Braer was around 120m-150m over 4 years , the Milford Haven spill probably cost around 100m so it only needs a small tanker to go ashore in the Minch once the tugs gone to wipe out the cost being "saved" , cack handed stupidity to even think about getting rid of the tugs

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