Bluemull Sound ferry hits rock

A fire engine was called after the Fivla hit rocks early on Saturday. Photo: Heather Gray

THE INTER island ferry Fivla hit a rock coming into the Belmont pier in Unst early on Saturday morning.

Shetland Coastguard was notified about the incident, which caused the Bluemull Sound service between Yell and Unst to be suspended for a short time, at 6.50am.

A coastguard spokesman said there were four crew members on board the Shetland Islands Council ferry at the time and no passengers. No one was injured, and the coastguard did not need to send a team to the incident.

The ferry took on a “small ingress of water” and the fire brigade was called out with a pump.

The coastguard’s pollution officer was notified about what it described as a “minor collision”, but no fuel was lost from the vessel.

An SIC spokeswoman said the Fivla sustained minor damage to her hull and propeller after touching rocks just off Belmont at around 6am.

The Geira ferry, usually on the Fetlar route, is covering the Bluemull Sound until inspections and repairs to the Fivla are completed.