Seven fishermen were successfully rescued after their boat sank three miles of Kinlochbervie on Saturday afternoon
All seven members of the crew on a fishing vessel which sank three miles off Kinlochbervie on Saturday afternoon ended-up being safely rescued.
HM Coastguard reported that the call came at just after 2.30pm, and the HM Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway was sent along with the RNLI lifeboat from Lochinver as well as Kinlochbervie and Durness Coastguard Rescue Teams.
Although the boat sank, all seven were wearing lifejackets and all crew were taken back to Kinlochbervie Harbour thanks to a local vessel who responded swiftly to the Mayday transmission.
Three were thought to be suffering from the effects of hypothermia, and were subsequently taken to hospital in Inverness by HM Coastguard’s helicopter.
The other four were treated for the effects of cold.
Scott Mackenzie from HM Coastguard said: “There is no doubt that the fact these crew members were wearing lifejackets went a considerable way to helping save their lives.”
Lochinver RNLI lifeboat reported that they were asked to launch by Stornoway Coastguard at 14:40.
The lifeboat was tasked in response to a mayday call from a boat reportedly sinking north west of Kinlochbervie with seven persons on board. Another boat closer to the scene was in position to attend the sinking vessel before the lifeboat arrived and was able to recover all seven crew on board, taking them to Kinlochbervie harbour.
The lifeboat then searched the area where the boat had sunk, recovering several items from the water such as fish boxes, baskets and a lunch box, complete with uneaten sandwiches. The lifeboat was then released to return to Lochinver.
Source: MCA and RNLI Loch Inver