Busy weekend for MCA as fishing vessels hit trouble Published: 29 August, 2005
THE Scottish fishing fleet was hit by a double drrama at the weekend
when two vessels were lost.
Aberdeen Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue of seven
crewmen yesterday afternoon after an
emergency call was made at 4.40 p.m. reporting the 28m Peterhead
registered fishing vessel Harvest Hope PD 120 was listing
heavily and in danger of sinking.
The vessel was 35 miles north east
of Peterhead at the time. The fishing vessel Fruitful Bough then reported that her crew could see a liferaft and that the Harvest Hope was going down by the stern. At that point all communication was lost with Harvest Hope.
The Fruitful Bough managed to rescue everyone from the liferaft and
reported to the Coastguard that there were no injuries
amongst the crew. The fishing vessel then proceeded towards Peterhead
to land the rescued men.
In a separate incident, at 14:04hrs yesterday, Shetland Coastguard was advised that the fishing vessel Fertile II BF 740m was sinking 80 miles north east of Lerwick, Shetland. The crew were rescued quickly by the FV Aquarius, and the Ninian Oil platform provided good communications support, the MCA reported.
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