Emergency services / Fishing vessel takes in water north of Unst

The coastguard search and rescue helicopter lowering a pump to the Banff registered Tranquility on Thursday morning. Photo: Ross Robertson

THE SUMBURGH based coastguard helicopter came to the aid of a fishing vessel 30 miles north of Unst this morning (Thursday) after it began taking in water.

Helicopter crew lowered a pump on board the Banff-registered Tranquility after the alarm was raised at 5am.

The vessel, which had five people on board when it made its mayday call, is expected to make her own way to Lerwick after the situation was taken under control.

The water starting coming into the boat via its fish hold.

The Aith lifeboat was initially called to the scene and was due to escort the vessel, but the Lerwick lifeboat has been tasked to take over.

Two other fishing boats including the Mispah LK173, also provided assistance during the incident.