Four Scottish sailors stuck on a ship in the South China Sea have been given fresh hope of returning home.
The Glasgow College cadets were due to arrive home earlier this month but the collapse of the shipping firm Hanjin has left them stranded off the coast of Singapore.
Ruaridh Hanna from Dingwall, David Gorniak from Fife and Gavin McPhail, from Paisley, and a fourth cadet who has asked not to be named, have been in limbo since August 31.
On Thursday, Hanjin’s shares rallied when its biggest shareholder agreed to lend the firm £41.5m to allow it to offload the £10.7bn worth of cargo its ships are carrying.
The sailors now believe that they may be able to return to port by mid-October.
Mr McPhail said: “Ships around us are starting to get dates for berthing so hopefully within the next week or two we will get into port.”
The students are trapped aboard the the Hanjin Louisiana, which is anchored near the Strait of Malacca, an area of Pacific Ocean notorious for piracy.
Mr Hanna’s mother, Rhona MacLennan, said a ship from the Royal New Zealand Navy has been tasked to watch over the Louisiana.
She said: “It’s been very worrying – there’s been so much uncertainty and so little information and the information has been very muddled.
“We’re a very close family and you think you’re there to look after each other but being so far away makes you feel helpless.
“The area is at risk from pirate attack and Ruaridh said they have razor-wire up to stop pirates getting up.
“They also went over what to do in pirate attacks. It’s constantly worrying – it would be great to get them all home.”