Remote robots to search the Nancy Glen

TT100 Nancy Glen by Jonathan Allen
TT100 Nancy Glen by Jonathan Allen

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Fundraising for the families of the Nancy Glen fishermen has reached more than £150,000 as a government agency announced an underwater survey next week.

As the search for skipper Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk continues, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) which investigates accidents at sea announced its plans.

The MAIB said  that a multi-beam sonar survey of the vessel will be carried out next week, by the the Northern Lighthouse Board vessel NLV Pharos.

A spokesperson added: ‘MAIB is investigating the capsize and loss of the fishing vessel Nancy Glen and why, tragically, two of the crew did not survive.

‘Our inspectors are in the early stages of the investigation and have been having meetings with the families to update them on progress and our future plans.

‘The Northern Lighthouse Board vessel, NLV Pharos, will be conducting a multi-beam sonar survey of Nancy Glen for the MAIB next week.

‘This is planned to take place on Monday, although it is dependent on weather and sea conditions on the day.

‘Pharos has hull-mounted equipment that operates from the surface to map the seabed and potential obstacles around the wreck, which is lying at a depth of over 140m.

‘This data is important to allow us to plan and execute a successful underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) survey of Nancy Glen.

‘We have issued an invitation to tender for companies specialising in underwater surveys using ROVs at these depths, and expect to conduct the ROV survey in the coming weeks.

‘Currently, we do not anticipate that we will need to raise the wreck of Nancy Glen as part of our safety investigation.’