A fish farm barge which sank in the Sound of Harris on Sunday (November 4th) is still awaiting a decision on how to raise or salvage it.

Stornoway Coastguard operations centre were notified by Loch Duart Fish Farms that a barge had capsized and sunk south-west of Rodel, close to the small island of Grodhaigh, during rough weather on Sunday morning.

With nobody on board and no immediate risk of drifting or obstruction to mariners, there was no action required from the MCA. They have been kept updated since on the current situation.

The barge is believed to be intact and it’s hoped it can be raised, but divers are waiting for a period of calmer weather to complete an inspection.

Seas at the time of the sinking were rough to very rough, with a south-westerly force 5 to 7 gale blowing.