Marine / Sunken boat lifted from seabed

Hope after being brought back to the surface. Photo: Ocean Kinetics

A WOODEN Norwegian fishing boat which sunk at the Aith marina has been salvaged from the seabed.

The 30ft vessel Hope, which was brought to Shetland in 1998, was successfully refloated with the help of divers from Ocean Kinetics.

They were sent to the marina at the weekend to attach lifting bags to allow the 13 tonne boat to reach the surface.

A spokesperson for Ocean Kinetics said the boat had fallen several feet into mud on the seabed, meaning visibility was poor and making the operation a challenge.

When the boat was taken out of the water she was pumped dry and attached to a Tulloch’s crane for lifting out of the water.

Watch a video of the boat being brought to the surface below.