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Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« on: December 19, 2007, 14:47:27 »
BAD news I am afraid the Tug Flying Phanton has capsised with some lives lost our heartfelt sympathies must go otu to the family's see report below



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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007, 15:40:02 »
yes Stavros, terrible news especially this time of year.

Here's the transcript ....

Three missing after tug goes down 
About eight vessels are searching the river in thick fog
Coastguards are searching for three crew from a tug which has capsized in the River Clyde in thick fog.
An ambulance spokesman said a fourth person on board, a man, had been pulled out of the water after swimming ashore. He was taken to hospital in Glasgow.

The Flying Phantom tug ran aground whilst towing a vessel and capsized.

A coastguard spokesman said a Navy helicopter from HMS Gannett, Prestwick, was sent out to help in the search but had to turn back due to the fog.

The independently-owned vessel, which is based at Greenock, was one of three tugs towing the Panama-registered Red Jasmine.

It is understood no mayday call was sent out. The tug went down beside Rothesay Dock, near Clydebank College.

Clyde Coastguard received a 999 call from a community safety officer at about 1840 GMT saying they could hear someone in distress in the water.

Shortly afterwards tug operator Svitzer informed the coastguard that they had lost radio contact with the Flying Phantom.

The tug had run aground whilst towing the Red Jasmine and parted its towline.

Clyde Coastguard said about eight vessels were involved in the search in visibility of about 15m.

They included coastguard teams from Helensburgh and Ardrossan and lifeboats from Troon and Helensburgh as well as the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue launch.

A coastguard spokesman said: "It's quite foggy so visibility is very poor which makes it difficult."

The rescued crewman was being treated at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow.

The 124ft Flying Phantom was built in 1981 and has been operated by Danish firm Svitzer since 2001.

In 2000 it sustained a punctured hull off Dumbarton and beached to prevent sinking.

The 719ft Red Jasmine was built in 2006 and has a gross weight of 39,000 tonnes.

The bulk carrier, which was carrying maize and soya from Brazil, docked safely at the King George V Dock a short time later.

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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2007, 00:02:32 »
A terrible accident. My heart and thoughts reach out to the families and friends of those involved.



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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007, 01:20:24 »
My heartfelt sympathies to the families of the lost crew.

As an ex tuggie, accidents like this always hit home. Just before Christmas too.

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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007, 10:55:08 »
May I through the Model Tug Forum convey my deepest sympathy to the families, loved ones and crew of the Flying Phantom, I am sure that everybody on this site will join me with their condolences. To loose someone you love is really tough, as most of us know, but to lose someone at this time of year is particulary hard, I know that to.
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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2007, 10:56:27 »
My thoughts and deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of the Flying Phanton



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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2007, 03:16:33 »
Tug skipper body found by divers 
Mr Humphreys saw his baby daughter baptised four months ago 
The body of the skipper of the Flying Phantom tug has been found by police divers searching the capsized vessel.
Stephen Humphreys, 33, from Greenock, was the last of three dead crew members to have been recovered.

Mr Humphreys' wife Helen said it was "fitting" that the skipper was the last one taken off the boat.

Search teams had previously found the bodies of his colleagues, Eric Blackley, 57, of Gourock, and Robert Cameron, 65, of Houston, Renfrewshire.

Special prayers had earlier been said in churches in Greenock for the families affected by the tragedy on the River Clyde.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police confirmed Mr Humphreys' body had been found at 1100 GMT. Police divers had resumed their search at first light.

I feel that it is very fitting that being the skipper he was the last one off the boat

Helen Humphreys
Wife of Stephen Humphreys

The Flying Phantom sank while towing a cargo vessel to Glasgow at about 1830 GMT on Wednesday.

In a statement issued through police, Helen Humphreys said: "I am extremely relieved, as is the rest of the family, that Stephen has been found within the boat. I feel that it is very fitting that being the skipper he was the last one off the boat."

Mrs Humphreys said her thoughts were with the friends and families of the other three men involved in the tragedy.

She added: "Finally, I would like to thank all of the people who have assisted in the search and for all their efforts in recovering Stephen."

'Thoughts and prayers'

Mr and Mrs Humphreys attended the christening of their baby daughter Nina at Finnart St Paul's Church in Greenock four months ago. Mr Humphreys also had two stepsons, Calum and Scott.

Finnart St Paul's Church minister the Reverend David Mills said: "Everyone is devastated by what has happened and our thoughts and prayers also extend to the other families."

Prayers were said on Sunday morning at Westburn Parish Church in Greenock, where Mr Blackley was a member. His body was recovered from the tug on Saturday.

The Reverend Bill Hewitt said the whole community was "stunned" by the tragedy.

The family of Mr Blackley paid tribute to a "much-loved husband and father".

Divers had resumed their search at first light

Mr Cameron, whose body was found on Friday, worked as an engineer on the tug.

His wife, Linda, and daughters, Lorna and Helen, said: "Bob was a much-loved husband, dad and papa, and his loss, particularly at this time of year, is deeply felt.

"We love and miss him and take comfort that he has now been returned to us."

Both families expressed their condolences to Mr Humphreys' family.

A fourth crew member, Brian Aitchison, 37, from Coldingham in the Scottish Borders, was plucked from the water by a passing boat shortly after the tug sank.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has begun an inquiry into the incident.

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Re: Flying Phanton Lost in Fog
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2007, 03:51:27 »
What a tragic accident so close to christmas, our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the families.

Mark and Hannah.