Fire on fishing vessel

Left without power: The Faroese fishing vessel Vardborg had to be towed into Peterhead.
Left without power: The Faroese fishing vessel Vardborg had to be towed into Peterhead.

VOLUNTEER crews of both the Peterhead and Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboats were called to sea to rescue a fishing boat which was left without power after a fire in its engine room.

The RNLI Peterhead Tamar Lifeboat, The Misses Robertson of Kintail, and the Fraserburgh Trent lifeboat, Willie and May Gall, launched on July 1 at 12.30am with their volunteer crews to rescue a Faroese fishing vessel Vardborg.

The 38m boat’s onboard fire-fighting systems tackled the engine room blaze while the two lifeboats headed to the boat’s position six miles east of Fraserburgh. A rescue helicopter from Lossiemouth also attended the incident.

The fire was extinguished with no casualties among the 14 crew of the fishing boat.

The Peterhead lifeboat, escorted by the Fraserburgh lifeboat, then towed the stricken vessel back to Peterhead.

The wind was force 1-2 and the sea was calm. The Peterhead lifeboat arrived back to its berth in Peterhead at 4.45am.