AN INVERNESS registered trawler was being towed into Lerwick at 1.30pm after it was freed from rocks north east of Lerwick.
The 26m long Rosebloom (INS 353) ran aground on the Soldian rock around 1am and her crew were taken off shortly after by Lerwick lifeboat as a precaution.
The Lerwick Port Authority vessels Knab and Kebister managed to pull her off at 12.48pm and the vessels were towing her to Morrison dock where her fishing partner Boy John (INS 110) was berthed.
According to LPA a couple of the fishermen went back on the vessel before attempts to tow her were made and pumps were supplied by Ocean Kinetics to keep the water level down in the holed vessel.
The Rosebloom had landed fish at Lerwick last night before heading out to sea again in the early hours.
Lerwick lifeboat had first made an attempt to tow the fishing boat clear in a falling tide, but this failed, snapping tow lines in the process. Attempts by other vessels to free Rosebloom were also unsuccessful.
The nine crew members were taken off the stricken vessel by the lifeboat around 4am and safely returned to Lerwick harbour, with only minor injuries, and into the care of the ambulance service.
Weather conditions were calm with light winds and a moderate sea swell, with the air temperature just above freezing.
Lerwick lifeboat deputy coxwain Tommy Goudie said later: “The outcome of this grounding could have been a lot worse. Thanks to fair weather and the combined efforts of ourselves and Lerwick Port Authority vessels, the fishing crew are safe, and the vessel is now safely in harbour.
“The crew did the right thing by contacting the coastguard as soon as they knew they needed help. They were wearing survival suits and life jackets and
deployed their life raft in case it became necessary. Our crew are always ready to respond and we’re pleased to be able to assist.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 440 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News