Skipper plucked from sea in rescue –

Skipper plucked from sea in rescue Published:  16 July, 2004

A skipper was dramatically plucked from the sea early this morning, Friday, after his fishing boat sank.

The vessel, the 12.5m vessel Seeker, started taking on water early this morning leading to the skipper, as yet unnamed, making a Mayday call at 6.15am.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter “Mike Uniform” went to the vessel’s aid, 17 miles off Stornoway.

The skipper was alone. He was spotted from the air by a plane which answered the Mayday call.

The Stornoway RNLI lifeboat also sped to the scene, as did the Coastguard tug “Anglian Sovereign”.

Duncan MacKay, from the Stornoway Coastguard office, said: “The MCA Counter Pollution aircraft, Atlantic 405 which was in the

area, and several vessels responded to the Broadcast we put out.

The Atlantic 405 located a person in the water at 6.21 a.m. and the

Coastguard helicopter airlifted the casualty at 7.00 a.m. and

proceeded to Western Isles Hospital, whilst carrying out CPR on the

casualty who was extremely hypothermic.”

The weather conditions on scene at the time were moderate with a force 4. The skipper’s condition is unknown at this time.