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Mourne boat runs aground in Scotland

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mourne boat runs aground in Scotland thumbnailThe Accord which ran aground shortly after leaving Kirkcudbright in Scotland

AN Annalong skipper has thanked those who provided assistance to his crew and helped in the vessel's safe recovery after it ran aground.

The newly converted 21m queenie dredger Accord N 262 got into trouble shortly after leaving Kirkcudbright in Scotland.

The Accord, owned by local men John and William Chambers of Kilhorne Bay Seafoods, was on passage down the River Dee towards the Irish Sea.

Annalong man, Jim Hill, skipper of the vessel contacted Fishing News which provides news and features from the UK and Irish commercial fishing industry.

He wanted to thank locals for helping them. On behalf of the boat's owners, Mr Hill told the publication that the level of response from the people of Kirkcudbright and the emergency services was "amazing".

He thanked the RNLI crews of Kirkcudbright, Portpatrick and Workington lifeboats for their assistance.

Mr Hill also added a special thanks to Mariam Dixon from the local Fishermen's Mission who quickly provided overnight accommodation and alternative clothing for the crew while theirs was washed and dried.

The Annalong man said Accord's insurers Sunderland Marine were also quickly on the scene to provide invaluable advice and logistical support.

Mr Hill told the maritime publication: "Local fishermen also gave immediate assistance, not least in making the hull watertight without delay.

"Without this help, Accord would have been left sitting on the rocks for several weeks, having gone ashore at the top of a big run of spring tides."

The Accord was bought by Kilhorne Bay Seafoods towards the end of 2016.

Fishing News said the vessel has been extensively refurbished to fish queenie scallops at Greencastle.

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