Crew rescued Ocean Maid

The FV Ocean Maid aground outside Fraserburgh Harbour. Photo: Fraserburgh RNLI

The 22-metre ‘Ocean Maid’ BA 55 ran aground outside Fraserburgh Harbour this morning (Monday 24 October) at the notorious Cairnbulg Beacon.

The four-man crew had taken to a life raft, and were picked-up by the Fraserburgh RNLI Lifeboat and its crew. The crew were transferred to hospital upon arrival into the harbour.

On the rescue, Fraserburgh RNLI said

“Fraserburgh RNLI were requested to launch by HM Coastguard this morning and responded at 5:56am to a fishing boat that had run aground beside Cairnbulg Beacon.’

“The boat’s crew of four took to a life raft and were then picked up by the lifeboat who brought them ashore.

“This morning’s lifeboat crew were Relief Coxswain Ethan Harris, Mechanic Declan Sutherland, Jordan Morrice, Stephen Brown, Grant Morrison, Shane Richardson, Stuart Ross, Mark Ritchie, David Sutherland,

“The boat went aground at a notorious black spot which has seen many ships wrecked over the years and just yards from where another boat the Sovereign went aground in 2005.”

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Photos now show the stricken fishing vessel to be sinking. HM Coastguard has said that there were “no signs” of any resulting pollution to the environment.

They added:

“HM Coastgaurd sent rescue teams from Fraserburgh and Peterhead, along with a lifeboat from Fraserburgh to reports of a vessel running aground near Cairnbulg just after 5.50am today.

“All four crew members were rescued.”

Speaking today, Tuesday 25 October 2022, a spokesperson for the Marine Accident Investigation Branch said:

“The MAIB is aware of a fishing vessel that grounded off Cairnbulg yesterday. A team of inspectors are deploying to begin gathering evidence as part of the process of conducting a preliminary assessment. A decision on whether MAIB will launch an investigation will be taken once the evidence has been reviewed.”

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Crew rescued as Ocean Maid runs aground outside Fraserburgh Harbour

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