NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Lifeboat and helicopter launched to aid fishing boat

Shetland coastguard helicopter Image copyright MCA
Image caption The crew of the coastguard helicopter managed to place a pump on board the boat

A rescue operation was launched after a fishing boat started taking on water east of Orkney.

The Kirkwall lifeboat and the Shetland Coastguard helicopter were launched when the Tranquility called for assistance just after 10:30.

They managed to place a pump onboard the Peterhead-registered boat as it headed back to port, although it continued to flood after docking.

Crews are trying to clear the hull using the pump so a repair can be made.

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