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Successful rescue after boat fire off Shetland

Keltic [Pic: John McMeechan]
Image caption The crew of the Keltic raised the alarm on Friday morning

A major rescue operation was launched off Shetland after a Norwegian fishing boat went on fire.

The Keltic, with 13 crew, raised the engine room fire alarm just before 1000 BST on Friday.

A Coastguard rescue helicopter, a lifeboat, and a Fisheries Protection vessel all went to the scene, 30 miles east of Lerwick.

There were no injuries, and the boat was slowly towed into Lerwick, arriving on Friday evening.

The vessel's automatic fire system had brought the blaze under control.

Shetland Coastguard watch manager Katrina Hampson said: "This was a serious engine room fire during inclement weather conditions.

"The Keltic did exactly the right thing in alerting us quickly so that we could ensure the safety of everyone on board."

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