15 Crew winched off fishing vessel that went aground in South Skerries, Shetland

HM Coastguard received a DSC distress call and an Inmarsat distress alert from a vessel at around 1.30am this morning (4 August). Shetland Coastguard also picked up radio communications from the vessel reporting that it had run aground on rocks at Vee Skerries, near Pappa Stour, and coordinated a search and rescue response.

The 30 metre fishing vessel, Coelleira had 15 crew onboard who were reported to have no injuries and were wearing life jackets. The vessel did not appear to be taking on any water.

 HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh, RNLI Aith all weather lifeboat, Sumburgh and Lerwick Coastguard Rescue Teams were sent to the scene.

 The Coastguard helicopter winched all 15 crewmembers off the vessel and transferred them to Clickimin emergency landing site, where they were met by the Coastguard Rescue teams. Police Scotland and Fisherman’s Mission also attended the scene to provide assistance to the crewmembers.


The crewmembers were taken to hospital to be checked over and Fisherman’s Mission was making arrangements to provide support to them.

 An MCA emergency towing vehicle has been sent to attend the scene and will arrive later today.

MCA’s Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer, Duty Surveyor and the Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) have been informed and there is currently no pollution reported.

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