Fishing boat successfully pulled off rock by harbour tugs
The fishing boat which ran aground north of Lerwick Harbour in the early hours of Saturday was successfully pulled off later in the day.
The Inverness-registered Rosebloom (INS 353) got stuck on the “Soldian”, a rock which the current Lerwick lifeboat’s predecessor was named after.
The lifeboat was called out at 1.30am on Saturday and was on the scene just 10 minutes later, along with the Lerwick Port Authority tugs Kebister and Knab. Another fishing boat, the Faithlie, also arrived to assist.
Attempts by the lifeboat to tow the Rosebloom off were unsuccessful, however, with two tow lines breaking and the tide falling. Nine fishermen were taken off the boat around 4am, some said by the lifeboat service to have “only minor injuries”, and safely transferred to Lerwick before being taken into the care of the ambulance service.
Just before 1pm on Saturday, at high tide, the Knab and Kebister were successful in freeing the Rosebloom, with the lifeboat again standing by. She was towed to Lerwick for inspection.
Lifeboat deputy coxswain Tommy Goudie said: “The outcome of this grounding could have been a lot worse. Thanks to fair weather and the combined efforts of ourselves and Lerwick Port Authority vessels, the fishing crew are safe, and the vessel is now safely in harbour.
“The crew did the right thing by contacting the coastguard as soon as they knew they needed help. They were wearing survival suits and life jackets and deployed their life raft in case it became necessary.
“Our crew are always ready to respond and we’re pleased to be able to assist.”