Fishing crew rescued after boat sinks off Fair Isle

Eight people have been rescued from a fishing boat which sank off Fair Isle, 45 nautical miles south-east from the coast.

The crew abandoned ship to a life-raft after a collision with another vessel.

The coastguard helicopter and another fishing vessel came to the crew’s assistance after an emergency call at around noon today.

Rescue teams from both Sumburgh and Lerwick were waiting to provide more support if required.

The coastguard said the crew were flown to Sumburgh, where they were checked over by the ambulance service.

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Commander with HM Coastguard, Max Rimington said: “We are so thankful everyone is accounted for and grateful to the crew, and the nearby vessels which responded, for helping us achieve a good outcome.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were made aware of a fishing vessel taking on water some 40 miles South/Southwest of Sumburgh, Shetland, close to Fair Isle, around 2.10pm on Thursday, 6th October, 2022.

“HM Coastguard rescued three men from the water and transported them by air to hospital in Shetland. The vessel sank.

“The remaining five crew members were taken aboard the sister vessel and are being conveyed to Peterhead.

“The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been notified.”

It is believed the vessel was the Guiding Star, a 26-metre UK-flagged fishing boat.


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 If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.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.