Highlands & Islands

Sinking of Buckie boat in Scrabster investigated

Fishing boat Shalimar Image copyright Green Marine
Image caption It took more than 12 hours to lift the Shalimar from the harbour bottom

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched a probe into the sinking of a Buckie-registered fishing boat at Scrabster harbour in Caithness.

The 22m (72ft), Moray-based Shalimar crashed into a wall at the harbour, near Thurso, on 1 May.

The MAIB said the boat had made "heavy contact" with the wall.

The vessel was raised to the surface on Monday by a company from Orkney in an operation that took more than 12 hours to complete.

Image copyright North of Scotland Newspapers
Image caption The Shalimar sank after hitting a harbour wall

Stromness-based Green Marine used a large gantry barge to lift the Shalimar.

It is understood that the fishing boat sank after it crashed following a mechanical failure. The boat sank within 30 minutes of the collision.

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