24th May 2018
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Slow progress for tug towing salmon cages back to Shetland

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Attempts to bring ashore 12 salmon cages which went adrift from their moorings south of Unst during the Christmas storms have today been making slow progress.

The large pens were taken under tow by the Danish tug Westsund yesterday after the wayward cages were rediscovered 89 miles east of Bressay on Friday morning by a Marine Scotland spotter plane.

However the tug was today struggling in its bid to bring the cages ashore at Sandwick. The vessel has been sailing against a force seven wind, and at one point was making no more progress than half a knot.  The tow on the pens broke 60 miles east of the islands, although it has since been reconnected.

Representatives from Meridian Salmon Group, owners of the cages, were in Shetland last week to overse the search amid concerns the pens could be a danger to shipping in the area.

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About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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