Five rescued as trawler sinks off Shetland

FIVE fishermen were rescued after a whitefish trawler started taking in water and sank.

Shetland Coastguard was alerted at 2:30pm yesterday and sent a search and rescue helicopter to fly pumps to the scene, north of Muckle Flugga, Shetland.

A second vessel, the Buckie- registered Onward, went alongside the stricken Beryl, but the intake of water was already too severe. Four crew were taken on board the Onward. When the copter arrived, the vessel was heavily listing. The skipper abandoned ship and was picked up by the crew of the Onward.