NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Six rescued as Banff boat Audacious sinks in North Sea

Audacious
The Banff-registered Audacious raised the alarm at about 15:30

Six fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank in the North Sea off Aberdeen.

The crew on board the Banff-registered Audacious made it into a life-raft, 47 miles off the coast, before being picked up.

Aberdeen Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue after the alarm was raised at about 15:30 on Friday.

Water had been reported above the boat's engines. Two rescue helicopters were dispatched to the scene.

One was from RAF Lossiemouth and the other from a Danish naval ship which was in Aberdeen Harbour on a goodwill visit to the city.

There were no reports of injuries and no-one had to be transferred to hospital.

The coastguard spokesman said it was not yet known what had caused the fishing boat to sink.

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