4th September 2015
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Vessel turns back in gale force winds

The Vos Iona back in Lerwick after she was hit by a large sea last night. Photo: Ian Leask

The Vos Iona back in Lerwick after she was hit by a large sea last night. Photo: Ian Leask

A stand-by vessel was forced to turn back to safety in gale force winds after bridge windows were smashed by a wave.

The Vos Iona was 65 miles south east of Sumburgh with 15 people on board when the incident happened at 2am, causing damage to some electrics and communications on the vessel.

She was able to turn around and head back to Lerwick, where she arrived at 9.30am. There were no injuries.

Also this morning the Sumburgh-based rescue helicopter was scrambled to the East Shetland Basin to evacuate a sick crewman from an off-shore installation.

The man was taken off the Brent Bravo platform 100 miles north east of Lerwick and was landed at the Clickimin site before being transferred to the Gilbert Bain Hospital for treatment.

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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