As we reported earlier, at 2.37am on Friday 21st December, the Campbeltown Lifeboat crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to rescue four fishermen whose vessel had run aground on Macringans Point in Campbeltown Loch. The FV Argent is registered at the fishing port of Portavogie on the Strangford peninsula of Northern Ireland.
This followed the fishing boat’s mayday call and saw the RNLI’s Severn class relief boat, Beth Sell, launched under Coxswain, David Cox.
They arrived on scene at 2.52am.
The vessel was badly holed, taking on water at a rate salvage pumps could not contain.
The skipper of the Argent and three crew – who are understood not to be local – were immediately transferred to the Lifeboat and brought safely ashore by 3.30am.
The Campbeltown crew then returned to the scene, hoping the vessel could be towed off the rocks.
However, they assessed this as an unsafe manoeuvre – the probability was she would sink and an ensuing fuel spill would cause environmental damage.
Consequently, the Habour Authority pumped something like 1,000 gallons of fuel from the vessel and she remains in situ, awaiting the arrival of salvage experts.
Campbeltown Lifeboat is on standby to offer safety assistance, should it be required.
Note: This was the incident reported earlier where the crew were breathalysed and arrested by Strathclyde Police when they were returned to shore.
Photograph is by Francesca Fair.