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Shetland fire yacht crew had 'lucky escape'

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Media captionCoastguards were alerted to the incident at about 09:20 on Thursday

The skipper of a yacht from which nine people were rescued after it caught fire off Shetland has said they had a lucky escape.

Polish yacht Miracle raised the alarm about 50 miles south west of Shetland on Thursday.

All nine on board the yacht had abandoned the vessel and were picked up from their liferaft by an oil support vessel.

Skipper Matusz Cwiklimske said the fire spread quickly.

Image caption Matusz Cwiklimske was among nine people rescued

The crew was taken to Scalloway Harbour.

Aith lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh had been sent to the scene.

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