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Fishing boat rescued 20 miles off Orkney coast

A coastguard helicopter was scrambled to assist the fishing boat. Picture: Johnston Press

A coastguard helicopter was scrambled to assist the fishing boat. Picture: Johnston Press

SIX fishermen have been escorted to safety after their boat began taking on water 20 miles east of Orkney.

The crew of the Tranquility raised the alarm at around 10.45am when the boat got into difficulty.

The coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh in Shetland was scrambled and the RNLI all weather lifeboat from Kirkwall in Orkney was also sent.

A pump was lowered onto the Tranquility from the helicopter and pumps were transferred from the lifeboat when it arrived.

The Peterhead-registered fishing boat was then escorted to Kirkwall harbour by the lifeboat, arriving at around 2.10pm.

 

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