NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Cargo ship under tow after fire off Fair Isle

A cargo ship which was drifting off Shetland's Fair Isle overnight is being towed to safety to Lerwick Harbour.

The Dutch-registered freighter Myrte, with nine crew on board, suffered engine failure following a small fire on board.

A tug from the port of Sullom Voe attached a line to the vessel on Wednesday morning.

The Myrte was travelling from Invergordon to Lerwick with a cargo of pipes for the oil industry.

The vessel ran into trouble 12 miles south east of Fair Isle.

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