Highlands & Islands

Crew winched from Oban fishing boat in Pentland Firth

Golden Promise. Pic: Davie Tait
Image caption The crew of the Golden Promise were winched onboard an RAF helicopter

Five crewmen have been airlifted from their fishing boat after it ran aground off the island of Stroma in the Pentland Firth.

The Oban-registered Golden Promise got into difficulty at about 04:55. The skipper's mayday call was picked up by Aberdeen Coastguard.

Longhope and Thurso lifeboats were launched.

A search and rescue helicopter was also scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth and winched the crew from the boat.

Aberdeen Coastguard watch manager Steve Quinn said the fishermen were well equipped.

He said: "The crew were all wearing their lifejackets and were initially going to transfer to the liferaft.

"With the weather conditions on scene westerly winds force three to four and an easterly tidal stream, the safest course of action was to stay on board the fishing vessel and be winched to safety by the rescue helicopter."

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