LERWICK lifeboat was today (Thursday) towing a Danish fishing vessel back to port after it fouled its propellor 45 miles east of Unst.
The Tiede with six crew on board alerted Shetland coastguard at 5.50am as they drifted without power in rough seas and a 35 knot south easterly gale.
The lifeboat attached a tow line and was expected back in Lerwick after midnight.
Meanwhile Shetland coastguard Rescue 102 flew a sick crewman from the oil standby vessel Vos Don 100 miles south east of Sumburgh to Lerwick this morning after 8am. He was taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital.
The helicopter crew were also involved in the rescue of the Fraserburgh fishing boat Lead Us which started taking in water 58 miles north east of its home port on Wednesday evening.
Aberdeen coastguard called for Shetland’s chopper to deliver pumps to the vessel to stop it from sinking. Rescue 137 from Lossiemouth also brought pumps to the scene and the boat was escorted back to Fraserburgh by the local lifeboat and fellow fishing vessel Solstice.