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    Unhappy Site member crossed the bar.

    davie just heard the news there,a tug capsized and sank in the clyde,1 person swam a shore,3 still missing.......not good so close to xmas...

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    Yes William its the Flying Phantom thats capsized , MCA are co-ordinating the rescue and they have everything possible going to try and rescue the 3 crew trapped in the hull. We can only hope they are in an air pocket

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    hope so davie,its awful at any time of the year but even worse at xmas

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    Unhappy News coverage

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    Unhappy News coverage (Continued)

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    Unhappy News coverage (cont.)

    One body found. Two still missing, presumed dead.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...st/7157154.stm

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    I have learned today that one of our members , Stevie Humphreys , sadly passed away while skipper of the Flying Phantom tug that foundered in the River Clyde in December 2007.

    My thoughts go out to his family

    Davie Tait
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    That makes this sad accident even more tragic. My sincere condolences to his next of kin.

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    'Ping-pong' preventing tug probe
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/7935718.stm
    Quote Originally Posted by BBC
    An "inter-departmental ping-pong" is preventing a public inquiry into the sinking of the Flying Phantom tug on the Clyde, a union has warned.

    Unite wants ministers at Holyrood and Westminster to back an inquiry into the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report on the tragedy in December 2007.

    The report criticised port operator, Clydeport, over "poor" risk assessment.

    The Flying Phantom was raised almost a month after sinking

    The Flying Phantom capsized, with the loss of three lives, after a towing winch did not release fast enough.

    It sank opposite Clydebank College in West Dunbartonshire and was raised in a salvage operation in January 2008.

    The bodies of three crew - skipper Stephen Humphreys, 33, from Greenock, Eric Blackley, 57, from Gourock, and Robert Cameron, 65, from Houston - were recovered in the days after it sank.

    Another crewman, Brian Aitchison, 37, from Coldingham, was rescued from the water after he managed to escape from the tug's wheelhouse.

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report into the sinking criticised Clydeport's risk assessment and called on the port operator to review its safety procedures.

    Following its publication last year, the widows of the men who died called for a public inquiry into the tragedy.

    The widows of the victims of the Flying Phantom

    They also accused Clydeport of failing to improve safety a year after the accident.

    Now Unite has contacted UK Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill in a bid to establish who is responsible for calling a public inquiry.

    Unite's Scottish Secretary, John Quigley, said: "On behalf of the bereaved families of our members, Unite is becoming increasingly frustrated in this pursuit for justice.

    "The interests of our members' families have taken second place to a game of inter-departmental ping-pong.

    "At the same time, no action has been taken on the recommendations of the MAIB report, which leads us to believe that the River Clyde remains unsafe and only serves to highlight the need for a public inquiry.

    "Unite will not let this matter go and it is time for someone to take responsibility. Our members go to work to provide for themselves and their families, not to suffer injury or death. This is about people, not politics."
    Once again may I extend our condolences to the families of the men who were lost and hope that this inquiry can be held as soon as possible to find the cause of the incident

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    Default Tug widows damages bid to proceed

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/8479522.stm

    Quote Originally Posted by BBC
    Clydeport has lost a legal bid to delay a damages claim by three women who lost their husbands in the Flying Phantom tugboat tragedy.

    The port operator wanted a year-long delay amid uncertainty over possible criminal proceedings.

    But lawyers for the widows successfully argued the case should proceed as their families lost their main breadwinners.

    The tugboat capsized in fog in December 2007 during a towing operation after a winch failed to release fast enough.

    Frank Maguire, from Thompsons Solicitors, which represents the three widows, said: "We argued that the civil action is of critical importance as all three widows have lost the breadwinner of their family and their action should not be put into legal limbo because of uncertainty over possible criminal proceedings.

    Family anguish

    "The families still want a full public inquiry into the sinking of the Flying Phantom to get to the heart of the matter and establish what happened and why it happened.

    "Instead of trying to delay proceedings Clydeport should be trying to resolve matters for the families."

    Mr Maguire said delaying the legal proceedings any further "would have increased the families' anguish".
    The Flying Phantom after it was raised
    The Flying Phantom capsized in thick fog in December 2007

    The Flying Phantom sank opposite Clydebank College in West Dunbartonshire on 19 December 2007.

    The bodies of three crew - skipper Stephen Humphreys, 33, from Greenock, Eric Blackley, 57, from Gourock, and Robert Cameron, 65, from Houston in Renfrewshire, - were recovered in the days after it sank.

    Another crewman, Brian Aitchison, 37, from Coldingham, was rescued from the water after he managed to escape from the tug's wheelhouse.

    The women who lost their husbands in the tragedy launched their damages action last year saying they felt "bitterly angry" that safety recommendations had not been implemented by Clydeport in the wake of the tragedy.

    Following the launch of the action, Clydeport said it "completely refuted" many of the claims that had been made.

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