Trawlermen rescued from boat fire off Fraserburgh
Five trawlermen have been rescued by the crew of another fishing boat after their vessel caught fire off the Aberdeenshire coast.
The alarm was raised at about 13:00 on Sunday after the Karinya got into difficultly 20 miles from Fraserburgh.
A rescue helicopter and the Fraserburgh lifeboat were sent to the scene. No-one was injured in the fire or rescue.
The Karinya's emergency broadcast had been picked up by the coastguard and the fishing vessel Pleiades BF155.
The crew had abandoned the boat and were rescued from a life raft.
They were then airlifted ashore by the coastguard rescue helicopter.
Steve Smith, maritime operations specialist at Aberdeen Coastguard, said: "From the outset it was quite obvious it was a serious fire and the crew subsequently abandoned into their life raft."
"They did the right thing - the priority is always safety of life. The medic on board the rescue helicopter went down and assessed the crew, who're all safe and well."
The coastguard later confirmed that the boat sank following the blaze but no significant pollution was found in the area.
Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The crews of the Pleiades, the Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat and the rescue helicopter deserve our admiration, our thanks and our praise for responding so quickly and ensuring that the five trawlermen on the Karinya got home safely.
"I am delighted that no-one was injured and this serves as a reminder of what our fishing crews go through to put food on our tables and the emergency services that are there to assist them when they need it."