NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Three rescued after boat upturns off Shetland

Two men have been rescued from an upturned boat off east Shetland and another from an uninhabited island.

The coastguard and lifeboat were alerted at about 15:40 by members of the public calling 999.

Lerwick RNLI lifeboat was launched and coastguard officers from Sullom Voe called out, but the men were rescued by the crews of two nearby ferries.

One of the men was retrieved from the Island of Bigga, a coastguard spokesman said.

Alex Wylie, Shetland coastguard watch manager, said: "The ferry Daggri operating from the Island of Yell was able to deploy its fast rescue craft, which quickly located the two men in the water clinging to their upturned boat.

"In addition, the ferry Dagalien assisted by deploying their rescue craft to tow the upturned boat to the shore."

The were all taken to Toft in Shetland where they were met by an ambulance.

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