Fishing boat sinks off Shetland prompting coastguard rescue of crew

A fishing boat off Shetland has sunk after colliding with another boat.

Eight crew members were forced to abandon ship to a life raft after colliding with another vessel, prompting a Coastguard rescue operation.

The boat sank 45 nautical miles southeast of Shetland around 12 noon on Thursday.

HM Coastguard organized the rescue operation with Sumburgh Coastguard Helicopter Base.

Salvage teams from Sumburgh and Lerwick were on hand to support nearby vessels responding to calls for help.

All crew members were rescued and two were taken to hospital by the helicopter while the others were rescued from nearby boats.

Max Rimington, Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Commander with HM Coastguard, said: ‘The crew did the right thing by having an emergency position indicating radio beacon on board which helped to guide the response.

“We are so grateful that everyone was considered and grateful to the crew and nearby vessels that responded, for helping us achieve a good result.”

HM Coastguard said the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) had been informed.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam sent her thoughts to those involved.

She said: ‘On hearing the news that a Peterhead fishing boat has sunk off the south east coast of Shetland. What I’m hearing, and I hope to be true, is that everyone managed to evacuate safely.

“My thoughts are with those involved and their affected loved ones, as well as our emergency services.”

A Scottish Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were advised that a fishing boat was taking on water approximately 40 miles south and south-west of Sumburgh, Shetland, near Fair Isle at around 2.10pm on Thursday, October 6.

“HM Coastguard rescued three men from the water and airlifted them to Shetland Hospital. The vessel sank.

“The remaining five crew members have been taken aboard the sister ship and are being transported to Peterhead.

“The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been notified.”