NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Five creel boat fishermen towed to safety off Shetland

Five fishermen have been towed to safety off Shetland after their creel boat began taking on water.

A coastguard rescue helicopter was scrambled to the scene after the Unst-based Halcyon got into difficulty off Muckle Flugga.

A nearby Faroese ferry also diverted to stand-by.

But the crew managed to stabilise the situation then a charter boat from Cullivoe - the Oberon - towed them to safety.

It was escorted by a fisheries protection vessel.

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