Solway Harvester

Solway Harvester

Families of men killed in fishing boat tragedy mark tenth year

THE families of the men who died when the Solway Harvester fishing boat sank in stormy seas marked the tenth anniversary of the tragedy yesterday in private.

Solway families hope for closure

FAMILIES that lost loved ones in the Solway Harvester tragedy, in which seven men died, hope the conclusion of an inquest will help bring them some closure.

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Boat owner's 'regret' at tragedy

THE owner of a fishing boat which sank with the loss of seven lives told a court yesterday of his "regret" over the tragedy.

People out to blame me for trawler tragedy, says owner

THE Scottish trawler owner who was cleared three years ago of the manslaughter of the seven-man crew of the Solway Harvester, yesterday told a court that "people" still wanted to blame him for the disaster.

Solway Harvester inquiry: Ship 'flooded twice before fatal tragedy'

A FISHING boat which sank with the loss of seven crew flooded twice in the three years before it went down, a court heard today.

Solway owner ignores inquest

RICHARD Gidney, owner of the Solway Harvester, which sank in 2000 with the loss of seven men, has not responded to demands to attend an Isle of Man inquest into the deaths, a coroner said yesterday.

Coroner attacks Solway owner's no-show

THE owner of a fishing trawler that sank with the loss of seven men risked being labelled a "hypocrite" and a "coward", a coroner said yesterday.

Crew of Solway Harvester doomed by rapid sinking

THE seven fishermen who drowned in the Solway Harvester disaster were trapped inside the vessel when it suddenly turned turtle and sank, and had little or no chance of escape, it was revealed yesterday.

Solway Harvester owner 'was not told' about faulty pumps

A COMPANY director who owned the Solway Harvester fishing boat which sank with the loss of seven men was never told of missing deck covers or faults with water pumps, a court heard yesterday.

Solway Harvester crew 'did not see hold was flooding'

THE trawler Solway Harvester sank with the loss of seven crew because no-one noticed the fish hold filling up with water, a court heard yesterday.

Floodwater on doomed boat 'up to roof'

THE former first mate on the Solway Harvester yesterday told a court how the scallop dredger had been inundated by floodwater on the penultimate trip before the vessel sank with the loss of all seven crew.

Jury examines wreckage of sunken trawler

THE jury in the Solway Harvester manslaughter trial toured the wreck yesterday.

Jury in trawler deaths trial to see Harvester's raised wreck

THE jury in the Solway Harvester manslaughter trial will today visit the raised wreck of the vessel in Douglas harbour on the Isle of Man.

Harvester skipper told his fiancée sea was 'screaming'

THE skipper of the Solway Harvester told his girlfriend the sea was "screaming" an hour before he drowned with his six crewmen in the Irish Sea, a court heard yesterday.

Missing £300 hatch cover blamed for Solway Harvester sea tragedy

A WEALTHY trawler owner, accused of causing the deaths of the seven Scottish fishermen who perished in the Solway Harvester disaster, allowed the boat to put to sea without a vital £300 deck hatch cover which could have helped to prevent the tragedy, a court heard yesterday.

Prince Charles tribute to struggling coastal community

THE Prince of Wales yesterday praised a small community that has twice pulled itself back from disaster.

Solway Harvester director denies manslaughter

A COMPANY director yesterday denied manslaughter charges in relation to the death of seven men who drowned when the Solway Harvester trawler sank off the coast of the Isle of Man.

Solway Harvester boat owner faces further safety charges

THE fishing boat owner accused of the manslaughter of the crew of the Solway Harvester yesterday faced charges in a Scottish court involving the safety of the crew of two other vessels.

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