Coastguard and lifeboat respond to West Shetland emergency


The AITH lifeboat and Sumburgh-based search and rescue helicopter were called in this morning (Friday) to assist the Banff-registered vessel Company II 60 nautical miles west of Shetland.

The fishing boat with six crew had lost power and was drifting overnight. The Shetland Coast Guard were first alerted on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Nearby fishing boats attempted to rescue during the night, but were unable to restore power or provide effective towing in the dark.

The Coast Guard helicopter is on scene to provide security cover, while a tow to Scalloway with another fishing vessel has now been established. The Aith lifeboat provides safety cover.

An RNLI spokesperson added: “We are also grateful to the security vessel Grampian dynamics to travel to the waiting area, to ensure the safety of all those involved.

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