Tragic death of Shetland fisherman –

Tragic death of Shetland fisherman Published:  25 March, 2014

ONE of the fishermen rescued from the vessel that capsized in Shetland earlier this morning has died in hospital.

The man has been named as 40-year-old John Leonard Scollay from Lerwick, Shetland.

At 2.55am this morning the Coastguard  received a Mayday call from Mr Scollay’s vessel, Diamond, which had hit rocks and was capsizing.

Shetland Coastguard sent the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Sumburgh and requested the launch of Aith RNLI lifeboat to the position in the west of Shetland at West Burrafirth. 

Three fishing vessels in the area also responded to the Coastguard and a local vessel called Diana Maxwell recovered one man from the water, and a second man was recovered aboard the Aith RNLI lifeboat and both men were airlifted by helicopter to Gilbert Bain Hospital on Shetland.

The second man is said to be in a stable condition. A report on Mr Scollay’s death is being sent to the procurator fiscal.

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