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By Hannah O’Hanlon
The people of Kintyre and Tarbert are standing together after the tragic sinking of fishing boat Nancy Glen TT100.
Fishing fleets from Campbeltown and Carradale joined the search for missing Tarbert fishermen, skipper Duncan MacDougall and crewman Przemek Krawczyk, in what Duncan’s cousin described as a scene she would ‘never forget’.
Duncan, 46, known locally as TT, and Przemek are thought to have been trapped on the 40-foot vessel when it sank after capsizing on Loch Fyne, near its home port, on Thursday, January 18.
A third crew member, John Miller, 34, escaped and was rescued by a nearby aquaculture boat.
Searchers haven’t given up hope of finding the missing men, with fishing boats and ferries scouring the sea and people combing the coastline for days.
Sharing a photo of the vessels lining the horizon, Keli MacDougall posted on Facebook: ‘Will never forget this sight.
‘Obviously our own fleet is out every day but we also have boats from Campbeltown and Carradale here to help in any way they can. All the help and support is very much appreciated.’
Since the boat went down, donations have been pouring onto several online crowd-funding sites created by the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust to assist the men’s families in retrieving their loved ones.
As the Courier went to press, the total raised online was more than £100,000.
Kintyre’s generous business owners and residents have pulled out all the stops to help, with many shops offering donation jars and contributing raffle prizes, and a quiz is being held in Campbeltown Bowling Club on Sunday in aid of the fund.
Duncan’s friend Kevin McCrae, of Kintyre Firewood, will further boost the funds by raffling three wood and kindling prizes, ranging in value to £230, via a lucky squares draw, which will take place on Sunday February 25.
Squares are £5 each and are available to buy in the Courier Centre, the Treehouse and the County Garage, in Campbeltown, and in Glenbarr Stores, W K Soudan Newsagents in Tarbert, and from Kevin himself.
Tarbert fisherman Kenny MacNab, chairman of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association, said: ‘I would like to say how humbled we are at the response to the campaign.
‘Our focus is still on raising the Nancy Glen to return our fellow fishermen to their home port.
‘The lifting of the vessel cannot happen at the moment as two investigations are taking place – one by Police Scotland and the other by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
‘We must be patient while these processes take place but I can assure everyone that behind the scenes everything that can possibly be done is being done to achieve as speedy an outcome as possible.’
See page 28 for a footballing tribute to the missing fishermen.
The Nancy Glen. Photo by Jonathan Allen. NO_c02NancyGlen02_TT100
Przemek Krawczyk. no_a04Przemek01
Duncan MacDougall. no_a04duncanmacdougall