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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



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.


A terrible accident. My heart and thoughts reach out to the families and friends of those involved.


My heartfelt sympathies to the families of the lost crew.

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


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.
God Bless them


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