Sunday, 30 January 2011


Press Notice No: 26-11                                                          30 January, 2011

At 17.59pm, Brixham Coastguard received a call from the vessel Yarmouth Navigator on VHF Channel 16 reporting that they were tied up on the old concrete pontoons, but were taking on water.
The vessel had four crew on board. The Border Agency RHIB was assisting the vessel.
Brixham Coastguard requested the launch of the Plymouth RNLI lifeboat. Plymouth MOD Police launch was also requested to attend. One of the crew ended up in the water as their vessel sank underneath them, the other three were rescued. The vessel is a 30 metre ex Navy Motor Fishing Vessel.
Three men were assisted, but one man is still missing. He was last seen exiting the wheelhouse. He is wearing yellow oilskins but no lifejacket.
Tamar, Plymouth and Yealm Coastguard teams have all been called out to search and a rescue helicopter has been requested. R169 from Chivenor was scrambled.
Dave Scullion, Watch Manager, Brixham Coastguard said:
We are continuing with the coordination of the search for this man. It would appear that he had gone back into the wheelhouse to retrieve some equipment, when the vessel finally sank.
The Police diving team have been deployed and are going to do an underwater search.


Press Notice No: 25-11                                                          30 January, 2011

At 14.56 pm, a call was received from South East Coast Ambulance service requesting assistance to evacuate a male with a broken leg.
The 35 year old man had been walking at the base of cliffs when he slipped on rocks and sustained a severe break to his leg. He fell about 14.15 pm, and was found by a friend who had to walk out to the nearest farm to raise the alarm.
Dover Coastguard called out the Hastings Coastguard rescue team who went to where the man had fallen at Covehurst Bay, Fairlight. They met with a Secamb responder who was making the man comfortable. It was felt that to attempt an evacuation by boat would be extremely difficult and painful for the man.
The Coastguard rescue helicopter R104 based at Lee on Solent was requested. They airlifted the man to the Conquest hospital, Hastings, where he is now receiving treatment for his injury.
Gordon Wise, Watch Manager, Dover Coastguard said:
This man was lucky that someone came along and found him, although they both had mobile phones, this particular area has no mobile signal.
Once emergency services arrived to the man he was swiftly evacuated to hospital.


Press Notice No: 24-11                                                          30 January, 2011

Liverpool Coastguard have this afternoon co-coordinated a multi-agency rescue of a 35 year old man who became stuck in mud whilst walking on the beach at New Brighton. 
Following several 999 reports of the man shouting for help, Liverpool Coastguard tasked the Hoylake and Crosby Coastguard Rescue team and requested the fire service rescue boat and land units, together with the RNLI hovercraft from New Brighton.  
Fire service personnel were able to extricate the man from the mud and transfer him to the hovercraft. After initially declining medical assistance, the man (who had been trapped in the mud for 45 minutes) complained of pains in the arm and so an ambulance was requested. The man was transferred to the ambulance at New Brighton.  
Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager Paul Parkes said:
This man was extremely lucky that the tide was still going out. Had the tide been flooding it would have been a desperate race against time to free the man from the mud” however, this was a good example of a multi agency response.  
In another incident a man became stuck in quicksand at Arnside but friends managed to free him from the mud before the Arnside Coastguard arrived.  
We would like to remind people walking on the beach to always be aware of the dangers of mud and quick sand and if you are unfortunate enough to get into difficulty call the coastguard straight away


Press Notice No: 23-11                                                          30 January, 2011
At 09.43am the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at
Falmouth in Cornwall received a telephone call from a local shipping
Agent, (Tamlyns), reporting that they had been contacted by the owners
of the Motor Tanker DT Vincenzo P.

A 51 year old Filipino crewman onboard the vessel, which was 60
nautical miles south west of the Isles of Scilly, was suffering cardiac
problems. Due to the position of the vessel, Falmouth Coastguard used satellite
communications to obtain further information to enable an evacuation to
be planned.

The Captain of the DT Vincenzo P was then connected by the Coastguard to a
Doctor at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth for medical advice.
The Doctor made a medical assessment and recommended the patient to be
evacuated to the nearest hospital immediately.

A helicopter was requested by Falmouth Coastguard, and a Search and
rescue helicopter from 771 Naval Air Squadron at the Royal Naval Air
Station, Culdrose in Cornwall was scrambled to rendezvous with the
vessel, and fly the man to hospital in Truro, Cornwall.

Martin Bidmead, Watch Manager, Falmouth Coastguard said:

After communicating with the vessel via the most appropriate means, we sought medical advice, and then carried out the evacuation of the patient to the nearest suitable medical facility without delay. The man is now in the care of the medical team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, and we wish him a speedy recovery".

Saturday, 29 January 2011


Press Notice No: 22-11                                                          29 January, 2011

At 03.22 pm Humber Coastguard were notified by Humberside Fire and Rescue of a horse stuck in mud up to its belly at Cleethorpes.
Cleethorpes Coastguard rescue team were called out to assist. Cleethorpes Coastguard team assisted the fire and rescue service with equipment and their local knowledge of the area to ensure the safety of all involved in this incident.
The Coastguard team worked with the fire officers to free the animal from the mud. 
Once the horse was free it was walked across the marsh to a waiting vet. 
Graham Dawson, Watch Manager, Humber Coastguard said:
The horse riders were visitors to the area and the owner became very distressed and concerned for her horse.
If you are planning a ride at the coast, plan your ride and know the terrain. Seek advice from local stables about the area.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


At 15.06 pm, Forth Coastguard received a 999 call from a man reporting that he and a woman were cut off by the tide at Crammond Island.

They reported that they were others on the island, but the others had managed to get ashore.

Forth Coastguard called out the South Queensferry Coastguard rescue team and requested the launch of the South Queensferry RNLI inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat recovered them from the island and landed them ashore.

Chris Bolam, Watch Manager, Forth Coastguard said:

The public are advised to check tide times and to ensure that they get back from the island before the tide floods.


At 10.20 this morning Swansea Coastguard were contacted by a Dutch registered cargo vessel, the Eems Star to report an injured crewman on board. The vessel was at anchor at the time.

The 38 year old Filipino crewman was suffering from a head injury after a fall against a guard rail.

Swansea Coastguard made contact with the duty doctor, and discussed the nature of the mans injuries. A decision was made to evacuate the man off the vessel and take him for medical attention at the Morriston Hospital.

With westerly winds of 10 knots and a calm sea it was decided to request the launch of the Mumbles RNLI all weather lifeboat. Once transferred aboard the lifeboat the injured man was brought ashore and taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea for further treatment. The vessel remains at anchor.

Dai Jones, Watch Officer at Swansea Coastguard said

Medical evacuations from such vessels are no easy transfer, particularly where head, neck or back injuries are involved. We have to take into account sea conditions; prevailing winds and the state of the casualty.

The man can now be treated for his injuries and if able, be repatriated to the ship when it sails.


The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 7 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during December 2010 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were 2 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during December 2010 and 5 vessels under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 2.87% this is slightly down from November’s twelve month rate.

Out of the detained vessels 3 were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, 2 were registered with  flag states on the grey list 1 was  registered with a  flag state on the black list and 1 was unregistered.

1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson's Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (95/21/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes full details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.

2. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the MCA. Where a ship is found to be deficient or lacks the required documentation, MCA surveyors can take a range of actions leading to detention in serious cases. The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as SIReNaC. This allows the ships of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

3. Detained ships have to satisfy surveyors that remedial work has been carried out before they are allowed to leave port.

4. When applicable the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory Surveys for the safe operation of regular Ro-Ro ferry and high speed passenger craft services (1999/35/EU).
Notes on the list of detentions

·          Full details of the ship.

·          The accompanying detention list shows ship’s name, the flag state and the ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it.

·          Company.

·          The company shown in the vessel’s Safety Management Certificate or the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the safety of the ship at the time of inspection.

·          Classification Society.

·          The list shows the Classification Society responsible for classing the ship and not necessarily the party issuing and/or carrying out surveys for certificates relevant to the defect found.

·          Recognised Organisation.

·          The “organisation” - responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates, (on behalf of the Flag State).

·          Defects.

·          The list gives a summary of the main grounds for detention and includes information where the ship has been released to sail to another port for repairs.

Vessels detained in December included
A 1,949 GT. ship was detained in Belfast with 19 deficiencies and 4 grounds for detention. The manning arrangements were not in accordance with the Safe Manning Document (SMD) with respect to the engineer. The SMD requires a Chief Engineer on board and the current engineer was only qualified as a 2/E. The NÂș 1 fire pump and the main engine auxiliary gear box pump were not operational. This vessel had been previously detained once during 2008 and again during 2009.


Date & Place of detention: 30/12/2010 Belfast
Vessel Name: ANARCHOS Bulk Carrier
GT: 27,011
IMO No:9119983                                                              
Flag: Liberia
Company: Entrust Maritime Co Ltd
Classification Society: Class NK
Recognised Organisation: Class NK
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Class NK. DOC Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Summary: 13 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Belfast because 7 grounds for detention had been identified including 3 major non conformities which were: the emergency preparedness; the maintenance of ship and equipment and documentation; which were not as per the Merchant Shipping Regulations. In addition the fire doors and dampers were not functioning correctly and the BA set was inoperative. Other deficiencies identified included: the cargo information manual was incomplete, instructions were missing for the dangerous goods code and there was insufficient documentation in respect of bulk cargoes.
 The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 03/12/2010 – Portland
Vessel Name: FIDELITY (General Cargo)
GT: 19510
IMO No 8307648                                                              
Flag: Panama
Company: Fidelity Management
Classification Society: Polski Register (PRS)
Recognised Organisation: Overseas Marine Certification Services (OMCS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Overseas Marine Certification Services (OMCS)
Summary: 18 deficiencies 1ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Portland for 14 days because the hull had cracked in 2 places on the starboard side. Other deficiencies identified included: a number of engine room sounding pipes self closing devices were not functioning; engine room bilges aft of the main engine were covered with oil residue; the galley & cold rooms were dirty and there was insufficient segregation of food items, in addition at the time of inspection there were numerous fire zones isolated without a reason given.
The vessel was released from detention on 16/12/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 30/12/2010 – Belfast
Vessel Name: BALLYHEALY (General Cargo)
GT: 1,949
IMO No: 8104553                                                             
Flag: Panama
Company: KQ Shipping Limited
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL
Summary: 19 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Belfast because the chief engineer was not qualified as per the flag state safe manning document. The safe manning document requires a chief engineer on board however the engineer on board was only a 2nd engineer, the main engine auxiliary gear box pump and the NÂș 1 fire pump were not operational.
Other deficiencies identified included: the main engine heating system was not as required; 2 VHF hand held radios were not working; temporary wiring in the galley needed repairing ; various light fittings throughout the vessel were missing and it was apparent during the boat drill the crew lacked training.
The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2010.


Date & Place of detention: 04/03/2010 – Lowestoft
Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)
GT: 106
IMO No: 8944446                                                             
Flag: Unregistered
Company: Open Window Inc
Classification Society: Unclassed
Recognised Organisation: Not applicable
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Not applicable
Summary: 30 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Lowestoft because the main fire pump was inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery space. There were insufficient liferafts, the sanitary water system was inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry and shower room. There were no nautical publications and charts were incomplete for the operational area.
Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items were found to be missing:
distress flares; line throwing appliances; lifebuoys; life jackets with lights; immersion suits; satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon); fire extinguishers and the fire hose nozzle.
The vessel was still detained at 30/12/2010.

Date & Place of detention 12/10/2010 Penzance
Vessel Name: MY LADY NORMA 1
GT: 902
IMO: No:6523602                                                            
Company: Silvership Maritime Group
Classification Society: Not Classed
Summary: 1 deficiency, 1 ground for detention.

The vessel was detained in Penzance because the statutory certificates were not available on board ship.
The vessel was still detained at 30/12/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 28/10/2010 Portsmouth
Vessel Name: ELSEBETH (Refrigerated Cargo)
GT: 10,519
IMO No:9175901                                                              
Flag: Liberia
Company: Triton Schiffahrts Gmbh
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Portsmouth because the ship was dangerously unsafe as the engine room bilge wells were full of thick black oil and other parts of the engine room were also covered in oil; the engine room bilge alarm system was in a permanent alarm mode, also the main engine cooler discharge pipe was holed.
Other deficiencies identified: included: both the fire doors of the reefer machinery space did not close properly; the radio log was not as required in respect of recording that MH/HF test calls had been carried out; several small engine room floor plates were missing and lagging was missing on several steam and fuel pipes, valves and filters.
The vessel was still detained at 30/12/2010

Date & Place of detention: 08/11/2010 Birkenhead
Vessel Name: MOST SKY General Cargo
GT: 1,972
IMO No:9389370                                                              
Flag: Panama
Company: ER Em Denizcilik
Classification Society:  Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead because the engine room was very dirty, there were fuel oil leaks and a major non conformity was identified with respect to the lack of maintenance of the ship and equipment.
Other deficiencies identified included: the crew/officers records of rest were not signed; the crew accommodation was no longer provided with steam heating; the galley needed cleaning; there was insufficient fruit and vegetables on board; the crew showers and toilets were dirty and the shower curtains missing and the laundry washing facilities were inadequate. In addition the lifejacket lights were out of date; the aft deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors were tied open.
The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2010.

Date & Place of detention 29/11/2010 Portland
Vessel Name: SARA Oil Tanker
GT: 4,156
IMO No:8814861                                                              
Flag: Malta
Company: Aegean Bunkering Services Inc
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register(LR)
Summary: 11 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Portland for 5 days because the fire drill showed a lack of training and was not to an acceptable standard. The number and nature of the deficiencies identified was indicative of a failing of the SMS. Deficiencies identified included: the rescue boat drill was not up to standard; 2 inflatable life jackets were not ready for use as they were outside their service time; gas cylinders had been stored on the aft deck instead of a suitable area; the crew were not familiar with the stability and book limitations they were also unfamiliar with the CO² system.
The vessel was released on 03/12/2010.

Monday, 24 January 2011


At around 11.30 this morning Belfast Coastguard were alerted to two people in distress after one of them was pitched into the water from his capsized canoe and had been struggling, without success to get back into the craft. The call came from his colleague.

The emergency call stated that the two men, both in their early 50s, were off Copeland Sound between the coast and Donaghadee. Both men were wearing lifejackets. The man in difficulty was exhausted and needed assistance. The seas on scene were described as having a heavy swell.
Both the Bangor and Donaghadee RNLI inshore lifeboats were asked to launch and a fisheries patrol vessel, the ‘Queen of Ulster’ also offered assistance after hearing the radio exchanges.

During the incident, Belfast Coastguard kept in contact with the canoeist who had remained in his craft to ensure that both men were aware of the situation and that help was proceeding. 

Louis McGookin, Duty Watch Manager at Belfast Coastguard said

“It was clear that the man in the water was absolutely exhausted and simply was unable to get back into his craft. Sea temperatures are at around 8 degrees Celsius at present and hypothermia is an ever present danger in prolonged immersion. Fortunately they were able to contact the Coastguard and using our knowledge of the tides in the area we were able to pinpoint his location. Both men were given a medical check when they arrived back at the shoreline and neither required any treatment.”

Sunday, 23 January 2011


Two young women have been taken to hospital after escaping from their car which went over the cliff at Pendennis Point saturday evening.

Falmouth Coastguard received a request for assistance from the Devon and Cornwall Police in respect to a car having gone over the cliff at at Pendennis Point.

Coastguard Rescue officers from Falmouth were sent to the scene as well as the south Cornwall sector manager.  The Falmouth RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch. Police, Fire and Ambulance services were on scene.

Marc Thomas, Watch Manager at Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:

"The car’s two occupants, both female have been transferred by lifeboat to the Falmouth lifeboat house where they will then be taken on to the Royal Cornwall hospital.

The car is in an upright and intact position but badly damaged and will be recovered in due course.”

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Saturday, 22 January 2011


Swansea Coastguard is urging boat users to always be prepared when going out on the water, after an incident involving four adults and a baby off Porthcawl. The group was in need of assistance after their cabin cruiser lost engine power and found themselves inadequately prepared for being on the water.

The request for assistance came at (Friday), Swansea Coastguard requested the launch of the Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat and sent Coastguard Rescue officers from Porthcawl to assist with visual observation and be on scene for their arrival into harbour.

Bernie Kemble, Watch Manager at Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:

"We were aware of the cabin cruiser on passage from Swansea to Porthcawl and had made contact with them on a mobile phone for reassurance of their safety as we were concerned with their inadequate navigation lighting and safety equipment aboard.  It was shortly after this call that assistance was requested and the lifeboat was on scene to assist.  The mother and young baby were taken to Porthcawl harbour and the cruiser was then secured at moorings in the harbour.

Coastguard Rescue officers were on scene to offer safety advice.

This incident was brought to a successful conclusion but illustrates the need to put to sea well prepared, with all the necessary equipment on board a well maintained vessel.”

For further information on safety and how to be prepared before setting sail visit the MCA website under leisure and the seaside.

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Friday, 21 January 2011


The search for missing fisherman Neil Smith has currently been stood down and will be reassessed at first light Saturday morning by Shetland Coastguard.

Fisherman, Neil Smith was reported missing Thursday evening.  He had not returned to his normal berth in Lerwick harbour, aboard his prawn trawler ‘Breadwinner’ WY367.

Alex Wylie, Duty Watch Manager at Shetland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:

"During an extensive search the vessel was located semi submerged and badly damaged on the rocks at this morning. Unfortunately, no sign of the single occupant could be found. The search has been ongoing all day. 

Units involved were:

Coastguard Rescue helicopter ‘OC’; BP’s Jigsaw Helicopter ‘Bond II’; Marine Scotland Flight ‘Watchdog 65’ (fixed wing aircraft); Lerwick RNLI all weather lifeboat and two fishing vessels, the ‘Kestrel’ and ‘Guiding Light.’

The search was stood down at due to darkness. Search routines are being reassessed and recomputed for an at sea search commencing at first light tomorrow morning (Saturday).

We would like to remind fishermen how important it is to always wear a personal flotation device on deck.”


This evening a young man has been rescued on the beach at Rhossili, after getting stuck in mud up to his waist.

The Fire and Rescue Service informed Swansea Coastguard of the incident at , stating that the casualty was out walking and was in a distressed situation, stuck in mud.

Swansea Coastguard sent Rhossili Coastguard Rescue team and Burry Port and Port Talbot Coastguard Mud Rescue teams. Rescue Helicopter 169 from RAF Chivenor was scrambled and the Swansea Ambulance and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were on scene.

Will Parfitt, Watch Manager at Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:

"A Coastguard Rescue officer was first on scene, as the tide was too high for vehicle access he went on foot to the casualty and reassured him that help was on its way.  The casualty who was in his early twenties and thought to be local was extracted from the mud and has now being taken by air to Morriston Hospital.

Coastal walkers should always be aware of the hazards of the local area, and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard in an emergency.

For further details contact:
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Following a one day trial in Yate Magistrates Court, the owner/skipper of a passenger vessel, the ‘River Princess II’ was found guilty of one offence under Merchant Shipping safety legislation relating to the qualifications of the skipper.
The vessel is a 1937 built wooden hulled small passenger vessel which operates on the River Avon between Bath and Bristol. 
During spring and early summer of 2009, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Cardiff Marine Office had concerns regarding the operation of the River Princess was operating.  Accordingly on 27th May 2009 two MCA officers travelled to Avon Riverside, near Bitton, where they observed the ‘River Princess II’ returning to its berth. 
The skipper on the day was the owner, Mr Robert Morley. As a result of the visit the vessel was detained.  Investigations also raised concerns about the qualifications of Mr Morley.
Further enquiries showed that Mr Morley did not hold a Boat Masters Licence or any equivalent certification if the vessel had been carrying less than 12 passengers.
During the hearing Mr Morley claimed that he was not carrying more than 12 passengers and held an appropriate qualification. However the MCA was able to show to the satisfaction of the Magistrates that Mr Morley did not hold any appropriate qualification.
Mr Morley, was found guilty to one breach of Merchant Shipping (Inland Waterway and Limited Coastal Operations) (Boatmasters' Qualifications and Hours of Work) Regulations 2006 for sailing as skipper of a passenger vessel without being properly qualified.
He was given a three year conditional discharge.
Captain Andrew Phillips, Enforcement Officer at the MCA said:-
“Mr Morley failed not only as skipper but also as owner of the River Princess to ensure that he held the appropriate qualification to allow him to be in charge of the vessel.”


Clyde Coastguard are currently co-ordinating a search for a missing male passenger after they were reported missing by a coach driver when the ferry, the ‘European Highlander’, docked at Cairnryan in Scotland after travelling from Larne in Northern Ireland. The Coastguard were notified a little after 10.00 am this morning. The ferry is now being fully searched.

The vessel had departed from Larne at 07.24 this morning and arrived at Cairnryan two hours later at a speed of approximately 18 knots. The master of the vessel has confirmed that one person is missing from the ships manifest.

The sea conditions are currently calm with a slight swell and good visibility with south westerly winds of 5 knots between the two locations.

A rescue helicopter, R 177, has been scrambled from the Royal Naval Air Station at Prestwick.

Clyde Coastguard are now organising a search throughout the area taking into account tidal drift and winds. Coastguard Rescue Teams have now been turned out ready to search the shores of Loch Ryan.

The Portpatrick, Stranraer and Larne RNLI lifeboats have all been requested to launch. A search has also begun from Cairnryan to Finnarts Bay. The Police Service of Northern Ireland has also been informed.

A mayday signal has now also been broadcast into the area by the Coastguard to alert passing shipping to the unfolding incident.


Shetland Coastguard is appealing to the public for further information concerning a missing fisherman and Shetland resident, Neil Smith, and the whereabouts of his vessel prawn trawler ‘Breadwinner WY 367’

The alarm was raised yesterday evening at around when the vessel had not returned to its normal berth in Lerwick harbour after leaving at from Morrison dock.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Sumburgh was scrambled to begin a search to Score Head where the vessel was known to have been heading when it left Lerwick.

The weather last night on scene was southwesterly winds of force 5 to 6 with occasional rain, and a moderate sea. Sea temperature at this time of year is about 8 degrees C.

Information was received to suggest that the vessel was a regular visitor to Cunningsburgh and had last been seen in the area yesterday morning.

The local Police have also been involved making inland enquiries.

Electronic broadcasts have been made throughout the night by Shetland Coastguard but so far nothing has been heard from Mr. Smith. An electronic pan pan signal has also been broadcast drawing attention to other sea farers to watch out for the missing craft. Other vessels crews have also radioed in to the Coastguard asking how they can help.

Sandy Wylie, Duty Watch Manager at Shetland Coastguard said

“We have been checking and searching all night and so far no trace of Mr. Smith or his boat has come to light. The 10 metre vessel has dark blue topsides with a square stern, varnished hull, white wheelhouse with a yellow visor, gantry aft with net drum, deck to top of mast is about 10-12ft high

“We are now appealing to the public for any information as to his whereabouts. We know that he occasionally spends periods of time on his boat and has a bunk installed. We have been checking harbours and marinas around the Islands overnight but with no result. Vessels are also checking the south side of the Outer Skerries, Whalsay, North Nesting, Moul of Eswick, Stepping Stones to Whalsay this morning with the Lerwick lifeboat being launched later to join the search. The fisheries patrol aircraft Watchdog 64 and two other fishing vessels ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘Kestrel’ have also joined the search.

If anyone has further information as to his whereabouts could they please phone Shetland Coastguard on 01595 692976.”