Salvage attempt on stranded ship planned for tomorrow

Picture from Seahouses Lifeboat Station of  M.V.Danio grounded on the Farne Islands.

Picture from Seahouses Lifeboat Station of M.V.Danio grounded on the Farne Islands.

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An attempt to salvage the stranded MV Danio from the Farne Islands may take place tomorrow afternoon.

This week, the tides are high enough to rescue the ship, but weather conditions have made things difficult.

Speaking to the Gazette this morning, the Seceretary of State’s representative for maritime salvage and intervention, Hugh Shaw, said: “Conditions are getting better and are certainly better than the last 24 to 48 hours.

“We are still preparing to go ahead. We are looking towards tomorrow or perhaps the following day.”

He explained that the ship remains in a secure state, although there were concerns at the start of the week as the winds shifted around to the south east.

“Everything’s fine onboard. The head salver and his team went onboard on Sunday and have been staying with the crew and keeping an eye on it 24 hours a day,” he said.

“There are quite a lot of people in Seahouses now getting ready.

“We don’t want to take any risks. The tides are better, it’s just waiting for the winds and swells to drop off a bit.

“What we don’t want to do is exert a lot of power getting her off and possibly do some more damage.”

The 80-metre vessel MV Danio made a distress call in the early hours of last Saturday morning after running aground near the Little Harcar rock, very close to the islands’ lighthouse.

Initial efforts to tow the vessel, which was carrying timber from Perth to Antwerp, failed and an attempt to move it by tugboat at high tide on the Saturday evening was abandoned at dark as the scale of the problem became apparent.