UK: Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue off Shetland – Published 04 Mar 2017 1240z (GMT/UTC)

Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue when their trawler sank in bad weather.

(Image: RNLI)

(Image: RNLI)

The seven had to jump into the water just before the ship sank off Shetland as the sea was too rough to bring a lifeboat alongside. The alarm was raised at about 6.50am yesterday when the Lerwick-registered Ocean Way began taking on water. Lerwick RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh both rushed to the scene. Two RNLI crew, one of whom often crews on Skerries-based Ocean Way, were transferred to the trawler with a salvage pump. But the skipper decided the trawler could not be saved. The five crew and two RNLI volunteers jumped into the water minutes before the trawler sank at 8.20am. They were picked up by the lifeboat, crewed by eight volunteers, and taken back to Lerwick. A Norwegian fish carrier, the Gerda Saele, had put a pump on board while the helicopter began winching a third pump on board, but Ocean Way’s skipper decided to abandon ship. The trawler crew were all wearing life jackets and had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board, pinpointing their position. Rescuers praised them for having the correct equipment. Lifeboat coxswain Alan Tarby said: “While the third pump was being winched on board the skipper decided to abandon ship and within minutes of him making that decision they got off and it sank, so it was a good call. “The rescue was made much easier because the Ocean Way’s crew were all wearing the correct safety equipment and had undergone safety training. “It was a good outcome even although the vessel was lost, all the crew were unharmed. The lifeboat crew performed very well, especially the two men who were in the water with the fishermen.” The fishermen were checked over by medics in Lerwick but did not need treatment. Mark Rodaway, commander for the UK Coastguard, said: “This was a difficult rescue in awful weather. In the conditions, the lifeboat had a difficult time trying to safely get alongside. “But I’m delighted to say that all five fishermen are safe and well and the fact they were all wearing life jackets ensured that they had the best chance of survival.”

RSOE March 04 2017 11:19 AM (UTC).

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Passenger plane finds distressed yacht with passenger’s binoculars

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By Sophie Griffiths

An Air Canada passenger plane which was bound for Sydney helped locate a yacht which was in distress in waters between Australia and New Zealand.

The flight was diverted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after it spotted an emergency beacon activated in the Tasman Sea.

Pilots reportedly descended to 1,800m altitude and used a passenger’s binoculars to find the vessel, the BBC said.

The boat with its lone sailor, was discovered some 310 miles east of Sydney.

The yachtsman is understood to have been adrift for around one week after losing his mast and running low on fuel. He had left Sydney two weeks earlier.

The Air Canada flight from Vancouver had 270 passengers and 18 crew on board  was diverted after 12 hours into the flight, flying an additional 400km as a result of the diversion, and landing 90 minutes behind schedule.

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10 crew forced to abandon ship due to shipboard fire 700 miles W of Guam in the Pacific Ocean

The Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue partners, coordinated in the rescue of 10 crewmembers forced to abandon ship due to a shipboard fire 700 miles west of Guam Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Guam watchstanders received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, a 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Watchstanders then received a call from rescue coordination center Taipei, China reporting that a sister ship of the Hsin Man Chun received a radio call indicating the crew was planning to abandon ship.

A Navy P-3 Orion long-range search aircraft from Patrol Squadron 1 stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, overflew the vessel and reported

eight crewmembers in a life raft and two more on the bridge of the burning vessel.

The P-3 crew deployed two life rafts to assist the crewmembers that remained behind. They passed the location of the distressed crewmembers to the Semirio, a Marshallese flagged bulk carrier diverted to the area by the Coast Guard.

The Semirio was only 40 miles away from the distressed vessel and was asked to assist. Once on scene, the 950-foot bulk carrier launched a small boat and successfully rescued all 10 crewmembers. The Semirio is one of many foreign flagged vessels operating in the Pacific that voluntarily participate in the AMVER System.

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.”  21 April 2012

5 Fishermen rescued from liferafts after fire aboard their vessel

At 13.28 pm yesterday(Weds) a distress alert was received by the Coastguard from a Radio Distress Beacon (406 mhz EPIRB).

It was quickly identified as belonging to a fishing vessel registered in Buckie called Onward
The fishing vessel was in a position, 50 miles north west of Stromness

Shetland Coastguard made a mayday relay broadcast to secure assistance from any other vessels in the area. A merchant vessel Nautica responded and diverted to the last known position.

A Maritime surveillance aircraft, Watch dog 65, was tasked to attend and report back. A rescue helicopter was requested from ARCC Kinloss and the Coastguard rescue helicopter R102 based at Sumburgh was sent.

Stromness RNLI lifeboat was also requested to launch, but has been stood down and the Nautica is continuing its passage.

Rescue 102 arrived on scene and found the fishing vessel had been on fire and that the crew had evacuated to liferafts. They were winched into the helicopter, and now all five crew have been evacuated to the hospital at Kirkwall suffering from hypothermia.

Mike Smith, Shetland Coastguard said:

This incident shows the importance of having a registered distress beacon and how they important they are when you have an emergency.

We are pleased that all five crew have been rescued and are now in the hands of the medical professionals.