Four fishermen rescued from liferaft –

Four fishermen rescued from liferaft Published:  29 January, 2007

FOUR men from a sunken fishing vessel were rescued from a liferaft on Saturday afternoon after their vessel sank 30 miles East of Peterhead.

At 2.30pm Aberdeen Coastguard received a radio transmission from the Buckie registered fishing vessel Evening Star reporting they were taking in water and needed assistance. Aberdeen Coastguard scrambled a rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and the Peterhead RNLI lifeboat. Four nearby oil support vessels responded to the mayday relay broadcast made by Aberdeen Coastguard and offered assistance; Sea Surveyor, Grampian Surveyor, Portosalvo and Viking Endeavour.

The rescue helicopter was already involved in a mountain rescue and was transferring casualties to hospital. Aberdeen Coastguard considered transferring pumps to the fishing vessel by helicopter but soon after this the crew of the Evening Star reported to the Coastguard that the situation had deteriorated and they were abandoning ship to the liferaft. The vessel sank shortly after this.

The crew of the rescue helicopter located the liferaft and winched the fishermen onto the aircraft and they were taken to Aberdeen airport. Fortunately, all crew were uninjured.

Weather conditions were winds force 5 with good visibility.