Fisherman dies and another drowns in two incidents Published: 11 October, 2010
A 61 year old fisherman, thought to be from Shetland, has died after falling overboard from his vessel.
And in a separate incident off the Scottish Coast another fishermen is reported missing.
In the Shetland incident on Saturday Coastguards were alerted and ordered a search and rescue helicopter to take off after the man was reported to be in the water.
However, by the time Shetland Coastguard reached the Whalsay-based creel boat Flying Cloud, the sailor’s crewmen – who had managed to haul him out of the water and back on board – were attempting to revive him.The fisherman was flown to Tingwall and taken by ambulance to hospital in Lerwick, but he died later.
The Northern Constabulary said: “Police are at an early stage of enquiries into the circumstances of the incident, but there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”
In the second incident , a combined effort by Aberdeen Coastguard rescue teams, an RAF helicopter, lifeboats and a fishing vessel were involved in a search for a lone fisherman after his boat was spotted drifting between Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
The incident also happened late on Saturday afternoon when a member of the public called the coastguard to report that they had earlier seen a fisherman – who is thought to come from Fraserburgh – putting creel pots out, but later saw the same boat run aground off St Combs with nobody visible on the vessel.
Fears were expressed that the man have fallen overboard, Aberdeen Coastguard requested RAF Helicopter 137 from Lossiemouth to begin a search of the area.
They also requested the launch of the Fraserburgh and Peterhead RNLI lifeboats. The search was called off on Sunday afternoon.