The Guiding Star H360 has sunk 45 nautical miles southeast of the Shetland Islands after a collision with another vessel. Photo: Facebook
Peterhead based fishing boat, Guiding Star H360 has sunk 45 nautical miles southeast of the Shetland Islands.
All eight crew members from the 26-metre trawler are reported safe and on board its sistership Guiding Light and are heading towards Lerwick for a medical check-up.
Another vessel, the Grampian Freedom, a standby safety ship was close by and assisted in the rescue of the crew.
The incident is believed to have occurred when the Guiding Star collided with its sistership, the Guiding Light, during a fishing operation.
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed a rescue had been launched saying:
Eight crew members have been rescued after a fishing vessel sank 45 nautical miles south-east of Shetland.
The crew declared a mayday before abandoning ship to a life-raft following a collision with another vessel.
HM Coastguard coordinated the response after being alerted at approximately 12pm today (October 6).
The Coastguard helicopter based at Sumburgh was a key part of the rescue effort, with rescue teams from both Sumburgh and Lerwick waiting to support if required. Other vessels nearby also responded to calls for help.
All crew members were accounted for after being picked up by assisting vessels and the Coastguard helicopter.
Max Rimington, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Commander with HM Coastguard, said: “The crew did the right thing by having an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) onboard which helped guide the response.
“We are so thankful everyone is accounted for and grateful to the crew, and the nearby vessels which responded, for helping us achieve a good outcome.”
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage, the Receiver of Wreck and Northern Lighthouse Board have been informed.
A spokeswoman for the MAIB said:
“The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has been notified of the collision between the UK registered fishing vessels Guiding Light and Guiding Star off Sumburgh Head, Shetland. The collision resulted in the flooding and sinking of the Guiding Star, and the rescue of its eight crew. The MAIB has commenced an investigation and a team of inspectors have deployed and will begin gathering evidence. The purpose of the MAIB Investigation is to improve safety and prevent recurrence.”