Case Studies

Aquila Recovery, Mallaig Opt

In July 2009 Scallop trawler Aquila caught its nets on an unchartered obstruction 20 miles SSW off Mallaig. The snagged nets resulted in a violent capsize of the vessel. Three of the crewmembers perished from injuries sustained by the capsize incident, one crewmember was rescued by a passing yacht. The MCA ETV attended the scene, however, Aquila sank shortly after.

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Royal Oak Removal Programme

On October 31 1939 HMS Royal Oak was sunk by U Boat attack in Scapa Flow, with the loss of 914 sailors. At the time of sinking the vessel was loaded with a full complement of munitions and Bunker oil.

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