Seven fishermen rescued after their vessel sinks off Kinlochbervie
All seven members of the crew of a fishing vessel which sank three miles off Kinlochbervie earlier today have been safely rescued.
The report came into HM Coastguard just after 2.30pm, and the HM Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway was sent along with the RNLI lifeboat from Lochinver as well as Kinlochbervie and Durness Coastguard Rescue Teams.
Although the boat sank, all seven were wearing lifejackets and all crew were taken back to Kinlochbervie Harbour thanks to a local vessel who responded swiftly to the Mayday transmission.
Three were thought to be suffering from the effects of hypothermia, and were subsequently taken to hospital in Inverness by HM Coastguard’s helicopter.
The other four were treated for the effects of cold.
Scott Mackenzie from HM Coastguard said: “There is no doubt that the fact these crew members were wearing lifejackets went a considerable way to helping save their lives.”