Fishing boat sinks after collision

The Sapphire pictured last year.
The Sapphire pictured last year.

A STORNOWAY fishing boat sank last night after a collision with another vessel.

Sapphire (SY108) collided with Silver Chord (SY101) in the dark and a call was made to the Coastguard at 1842. The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 100 and Stornoway Lifeboat were tasked.

Unfortunately the Sapphire sunk and the skipper was taken on board Silver Chord which was escorted into Stornoway harbour by the lifeboat.

A spokesperson for Stornoway Coastguard said the vessels had collided in the darkness.

The Coastguard Helicopter was also tasked last night to evacuate a crewman with a heart attack from the fishing vessel Ariadne. She was in a position approximately 80m North West of the Butt of Lewis.

Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team manned the landing site at Western Isles Hospital where he was transferred to ambulance.