Highlands & Islands

Efforts to aid cargo vessel drifting off Scottish coast

A tug is being sent to the aid of a cargo vessel drifting in heavy seas off the west coast of Scotland.

The 88m ship has power but had lost steering in seven-metre waves south west of Tiree on Saturday afternoon.

Coastguard and lifeboat crews have been monitoring the situation and a tug from Aberdeen is en route to tow the stricken ship to safety.

The eight crew remain on board the vessel, which is carrying wood chips.

The Barbados-registered boat got into difficulty about 20 miles west of Skerryvore Lighthouse.

The RNLI said the Tobermory lifeboat had been launched to take over from the Barra crew at the scene.

A spokesman added: "A tug is being despatched from Aberdeen to tow the vessel to safety but is not expected to be on scene until later on Sunday."