Young fishermen rescued as boat sinks

Three young fishermen were airlifted to Western Isles Hospital last night after their fishing boat sank off Cape Wrath.

The Wick registered vessel ‘Osprey’ – which had three persons on-board is believe to have suffered engine trouble and began to take on water.

The three young men, from Wick, took to a liferaft and set off the DSC (Digital Selective Calling) device to notify of their position.

Stornoway Coastguard received a Mayday at around 1800hours yesterday, Wednesday, July 23rd, and the Coastguard search and rescue 100 helicopter was tasked to the scene.

The men, aged 25, 23 and 27 years, were picked up and airlifted to Western Isles Hospital where they were given the all clear.

They were released into the care of Stornoway Fishermen’s Mission who arranged accommodation overnight in the Caladh Inn, as well as supplying clothes and toiletries to the men who had nothing but the clothes they were rescued in.

The fishermen plan to depart Stornoway on the lunchtime ferry today (Thursday, July 24th) and will be met in Ullapool by the Fishermen’s Mission representative to arrange transport to Scrabster.