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Solway Harvester: Crewmen remembered on 20th anniversary of sinking

Solway Harvester: Crewmen remembered


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Seven crew members who lost their lives when the scallop dredger Solway Harvester sank in Isle of Man waters have been recalled on the twentieth commemoration of the catastrophe.

The men, from the Isle of Whithorn zone of Dumfries and Galloway, kicked the bucket when the vessel went down off the shoreline of Douglas on 11 January 2000.

Boss Minister Howard Quayle said the misfortune was “all the while being grieved”.

Manx anglers, the RNLI and coastguard went to the function on Douglas Head.

Mr Quayle stated: “As a nautical country, we comprehended the anguish of those abandoned and this catastrophe has prompted a suffering bond between the island and the men’s main residences.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the individuals of the Isle of Man “share our tremendous pity on this commemoration”.

“It was an overwhelming misfortune to the Isle of Whithorn, and one that keeps on being felt every one of these years on,” she included.

Captain Andrew Mills (known as Craig), 29, his sibling Robin Mills, 33, their cousin David Mills, 17, Martin Milligan, 26, John Murphy, 22, David Lyons, 18, and Wesley Jolly, 17 kicked the bucket when the pontoon sank in substantial oceans while heading for cover in Ramsey Bay.

The assemblages of each of the seven men were found on board the 21m (70ft) long vessel on 15 January 2000.

The Manx government financed a £1m activity to raise the vessel from the seabed in June that year.

The scallop dredger stayed in Douglas Harbor until it was in the long run rejected in 2013.