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Coastguard tug boat breaks down

Anglian Prince and HMSC Chicoutimi
The Anglian Prince went to the aid of HMSC Chicoutimi in 2004

A salvage boat has suffered a gear failure as its crew headed for a Highlands harbour following a training exercise with firefighters.

The Anglian Prince, which is chartered by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), got into difficulty as it approached the pier at Ullapool.

The vessel was involved in the rescue of a Canadian submarine in 2004 after fire broke out onboard.

The MCA said another tug could be called on to provide cover if needed.

Engineers were being sent to Ullapool to carry out repairs.

The MCA said the Anglian Prince was safely anchored and contingency plans were in place if there was an emergency and a tug was needed.

The vessel went to the aid of submarine HMCS Chicoutimi when it caught fire on its maiden voyage from Faslane on the Clyde.

Crew member Lt Chris Saunders, 32, died following the incident. Two other crew members were also injured.

The former Royal Navy submarine drifted without power off Ireland before eventually completing her voyage to Canada aboard a Norwegian transport ship.



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