Within 24 hours of the newly converted 21m queenie dredger Accord N 262 running aground, shortly after leaving Kirkcudbright on passage down the notoriously difficult River Dee towards the Irish Sea, Annalong skipper Jim Hill contacted Fishing News to express his sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks to everyone who provided immediate assistance to his crew, and helped in the vessel’s safe recovery.

Speaking on behalf of Accord’s owners, John and William Chambers of Kilhorne Bay Seafoods, Jim Hill said: “The level of response we received in many different ways from the people of Kirkcudbright and the emergency services was amazing. Particular thanks go to the RNLI crews of Kirkcudbright, Portpatrick and Workington lifeboats, for both ensuring that we were safely taken off immediately after the grounding, and subsequently for towing Accord off the rocks on the next tide.

“Mariam Dixon from the local Fishermen’s Mission also deserves a special mention, for quickly providing overnight accommodation and alternative clothing for the crew while theirs was washed and dried.

“Peter Reed from Accord’s insurers Sunderland Marine was also quickly on the scene to provide invaluable advice and logistical support.

“Local fishermen also gave immediate assistance, not least in making the hull watertight without delay. Without this help, Accord would have been left sitting on the rocks for several weeks, having gone ashore at the top of a big run of spring tides.”

Since Accord was bought by Kilhorne Bay Seafoods, towards the end of 2016 (Fishing News, 10 November), the former Buckie-based trawler has been extensively refurbished to fish queenie scallops at Greencastle, Co Donegal.

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