Highlands & Islands

Fisherman rescued by ferry off Skye as boat sinks

Fishing boat Image copyright Andrew Grant
Image caption The fishing boat was lost in Thursday morning's incident

A fisherman has been rescued by a passing ferry after his creel boat began sinking in Loch Brittle off Skye.

The coastguard and RNLI were alerted at 08:50 after the Inshallah, from Elgol, Skye, started taking on water.

The man was picked up by Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Lord of the Isles ferry. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the he was "safe and well".

Mallaig lifeboat was launched and checked the scene for possible pollution from the sinking.

Debris from the Inshallah was collected from the sea by another creel boat, Sunny Jim.

The ferry's lifeboat was used in the rescue of the fisherman.

Image copyright Calmac
Image caption CalMac's ferry MV Lord of the Isles picked up the fisherman

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