NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Search stood down for overboard fisherman off Orkney

A major search for a fisherman who fell overboard from a boat off the coast of Orkney has been stood down.

The Apollo's crew issued a Mayday about 20 miles north west of the islands at about 07:00.

Coastguard helicopters based at Sumburgh and Stornoway joined the fishing boat in searching for the man.

Coastguards said French and American aircraft - in northern Scotland on a joint training exercise - had also joined the search operation.

Joint investigation

UK Coastguard duty controller Angus MacIver said: "Despite an intensive air and sea search involving the fishing vessel and aircraft rescue resources from Scotland and international military agencies, the missing man has not been located.

"The fishing vessel is returning to harbour and our deepest sympathies are with the family and remaining crew."

Weather conditions in the area were described as "very rough" and "challenging".

Police Scotland and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch will carry out a joint investigation.

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