Aberdeen Coastguard co-ordinate rescue of four fishermen onboard burning boat – Fishupdate.com

Aberdeen Coastguard co-ordinate rescue of four fishermen onboard burning boat Published:  17 March, 2006

AT around 3.00am today Aberdeen Coastguard received a Mayday call from the fishing vessel ‘Ocean Challenge’ after the crew detected a fire on board. The fishing vessel is currently 100 miles South East of Sumburgh.

The crew of four were trying to contain the fire in the engine room when they contacted the Coastguard for assistance. Aberdeen Coastguard scrambled the Coastguard rescue helicopter ‘Oscar Charlie’ which was on standby to evacuate the crew. Two further vessels, the ‘Constant Friend’ and the ‘Northern Wave’ were also on scene assessing the situation.

The crew abandoned the ‘Ocean Challenge’ and launched their liferaft and were picked up by the ‘Constant Friend’.

A spokesperson for Aberdeen Coastguard said: “We were in constant contact with the ‘Ocean Challenge’ crew members. There was a swift response from Search and Rescue units and other vessels in the area. We are pleased that the crew members are now all safely on board the ‘Constant Friend’.”

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