A fisherman died after falling overboard from a trawler yesterday and spending about an hour in the icy Atlantic, it was reported in Aberdeen’s Press and Journal.
He was understood to have been wearing a lifejacket when he fell from the 100ft Banff registered Beryl 20 miles west of Shetland, but poor weather conditions hampered the rescue efforts of his crew mates.
He was recovered from the water by the oil supply ship Caledonian Victory, which was in the vicinity, and winched aboard the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter.
He was later pronounced dead at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. Police said his identity would not be released until next of kin had been informed.
A Shetland coastguard spokesman said: ‘A man in his mid-forties fell overboard from a fishing vessel.
‘He was recovered and transferred to a coastguard rescue helicopter and flown to Gilbert Bain in Lerwick.
‘He was recovered from the water using the fast rescue craft from the Caledonian Victory.
‘Weather on the scene prevented the fishing boat from recovering him.’
He added that there were strong west to south-westerly winds in the area.
He said the other people on the boat were unable to lift their colleague out of the water because of the conditions and the height of the Beryl’s deck from the sea surface.
The spokesman said: ‘The Caledonian Victory had an autonomous rescue recovery craft (ARRC), which was launched from the vessel to assist.
‘It was able to recover the man and get him out of the water.
‘The coastguard helicopter winched him off the ARRC and flew him to hospital.’
A spokesman for the police confirmed that the fisherman had died.
He said: ‘At around 12.05pm on Tuesday, Police Scotland received a report of a man in the water off the coast of Shetland.
‘Police can sadly confirm that the man has died. However, no further details are being released at this time.’