Norwegian fishing boat under tow after engine fire

Fire took hold of a Norwegian fishing boat 30 miles east of Lerwick this morning. Thirteen people were onboard the longliner Keltic when the engine-fire started shortly before 10am.

The Lerwick lifeboat was dispatched to the scene and the Sumburgh-based search and rescue helicopter was also scrambled. Weather conditions were described as being extremely windy, with gale force seven to nine winds in the area.

The fire was brought under control by noon, however.  The helicopter was also stood down. None of the crewmembers were injured in the incident.

A spokesman for Shetland Coastguard said the lifeboat was towing the vessel back to Lerwick.

However the harsh conditions are making it a slow journey.  They are not expected to arrive at Lerwick until tonight.


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.