Sep 192010
 

Two fishing boat in the Shetlands suffered engine room fires in two days. In both cases, says the Coast Guard, skippers ‘did the right thing.

In one case a Shetland fishing vessel, Fairway LK 270, with 3 crew on board, tackled an engine room fire 40 miles North East of Lerwick.

Shetland Coastguard was alerted just before 10pm by a Mayday broadcast from the steel hulled 23m vessel, which reported a fire in the engine room. Whilst the crew tackled the engine room blaze, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 102 from Sumburgh and Lerwick RNLI Lifeboat headed to the fishing vessels position.

Following a Mayday Relay broadcast issued by Shetland Coastguard, the Danish fishing vessel Stroemegg arrived at the scene and has been joined by the Scottish fishery protection vessel Jura.

With the fire in the engine room out, the vessel is currently waiting for the engine room to cool down to see if the engines can be restarted. If not the RNLI Lifeboat or Jura will tow the vessel back to Lerwick. There are no reported casualties.

Shetland Coastguard Watch Manager Sandy Wylie said: “This is our second fishing vessel engine room fire in two days and again the skipper did exactly the right thing by alerting us quickly so that we could ensure the safety of everyone on board”.

The previous day a Norwegian longline fishing vessel, with 13 crew on board, was left without power after a major fire in its engine room.  Shetland Coastguard was alerted just before 10am by the vessel Keltic, which reported a fire in the engine room. Whilst the onboard fire fighting systems tackled the engine room blaze, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Sunburgh and Lerwick RNLI Lifeboat headed to the fishing vessels position 30 miles due east Lerwick. Scottish Fishery Patrol Vessel Hirta also made its way to the scene through force seven winds.
With the fire in the engine room out, the RNLI Lifeboat is towing the stricken vessel back to Lerwick. There are no reported casualties.

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