Sailors on board the general cargo vessel Wilson Gdynia are still waiting for rescue in the rough seas off the Scotish coast. The crew of eight Russian sent a distress signal on April 12 around 10:30 AM local time to VHF Stornoway Coastguard reporting a steering fault. The problem occurred in the Atlantic Ocean, 20 miles of Skerryvore Lighthouse, South West of Tiree (the Inner Hebrides) while the ship was en route to Aberdeen.
According to Carol Collins, coastguard watch manager, the freighter was drifting towards the rocks near Tiree and Mull. The Wilson Gdynia still has power and a tug has been sent from Aberdeen to tow the vessel to safety. Concerning is the weather - high seas and heavy winds, forcing the lifeboats to be at stand by.
RNLI (Barra Island and Tobermory) said there was no danger of encountering any hazards at the moment. Wilson Gdynia is carrying a cargo of wooden chips. The tug boat is expected to reach the out of control vessel today.
The Wilson Gdynia (IMO number 9056064, MMSI 314192000) is a general cargo vessel with Russian crew registered in Barbados. The 3,632-ton ship was built in 1994 and is managed by Wilson Eurocarriers AS (Norway).