28th February 2020
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Nine rescued after fire on yacht

Nine people have been rescued after a yacht caught fire west of mainland Shetland.

The crew were rescued from a life-raft after they abandoned their vessel.

A mayday relay had been broadcast by the coastguard requesting assistance for the vessel at around 9.20am.

A support vessel responded to the broadcast and made its way to the area, sending a recovery craft to the vessel to assess the situation.

The Aith lifeboat was dispatched, along with the Sumburgh-based search and rescue helicopter, which arrived at the scene, north of Foula, at around 10.30am.

In a statement, the MCA said: “All nine persons on board have been safely accounted for after the support vessel picked them up from a life-raft after they abandoned their sailing vessel after it caught fire. The support vessel is currently making its way to Scalloway Harbour.

“The coastguard helicopter has been stood down and has returned to base.”

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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