NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Fishing crew rescued in Shetland overnight operation

Coelleira Image copyright Kenny Williamson
Image caption The Coellira ran onto rocks at Vee Skerries

A coastguard rescue helicopter has airlifted 15 crew members from a fishing vessel off Shetland.

The 30m vessel, Coelleira, made a distress call after running onto rocks at Vee Skerries near Papa Stour, at about 01:30.

The RNLI Aith lifeboat was called out, along with Sumburgh and Lerwick Coastguard Rescue Teams.

None of the crew appear to be injured and they are being cared for by the Fishermen's Mission.

A Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) emergency towing vessel has been sent to the scene.

The MCA has said no pollution problems have been reported.

Image copyright RNLI
Image caption The RNLI Aith lifeboat stood by the stricken vessel overnight

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