Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Friday, 19 March 2010

Friday 19 March


The above map has been cropped from AIS Northern Scotland. The MV Wilson Dover has run into mechanical problems amidst a force 9 gale and an 8 metre (27 ft) swell. The MV Anglian Sovereign is a coastguard tug, which has come to the aid of the Wilson Dover out of Kirkwall, some 45 miles to the east, trying to tow the ship to safety in Orkney. Conditions are so horrendous that to even attempt to attach a towline is proving well-nigh impossible. STV alerted me to the rescue. The location is some 50 miles north of Cape Wrath, the farthest point northwest in mainland Britain; approximately 100 miles northeast of Stornoway.

Today has been a wild day, and the weather is taking its time in calming down. The day dawned with a force 8 gale here in Stornoway, and conditions so poor that the early morning sailing of our ferry was cancelled. The wind is slowly subsiding, currently at force 6 with winds of 25 mph, but not out at sea it would appear.

1 comment:

  1. 27ft swells are frightening, I'm sure, at the best of times, but when you have no power and a tug is trying to throw a line out to you, then it must be absolutely horrendous for both crews! I hope they both get back safely to Stornoway Guido.
    I can sit here and imagine how dangerous this rescue must be. It is surely life threatening for both crews. How brave the tugboat men are to go to their rescue.
    Jeanie

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