Skipper loses life as trawler vanishes

Two Filipinos rescued from the Ocean Way were led from the helicopter.
Two Filipinos rescued from the Ocean Way were led from the helicopter.

An investigation has been launched into the sinking of a Fraserburgh trawler which claimed the life of its skipper.

A search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday after Coastguards picked up a Mayday call from the Fraserburgh-registered Ocean Way’s emergency beacon.

An RAF Sea King helicopter was immediately scrambled to the scene and three crew members were found and winched aboard. All three were taken to hospital, but it is understood the skipper died.

Tributes flooded in yesterday to the 45 year-old skipper, named locally as James Noble, who had relocated to the Newcastle area from Fraserburgh around two years ago.Commenting, Superintendent of the Fishermen’s Mission Miriam Kemp said: “It’s a terrible tragedy. Between September and March some boats go down to North Shields because the prawns are there.

“It’s dreadful that this has happened. The Filipinos are known to us so everybody was devastated.

“As for the two survivors, it’s a miracle they survived - they were in the water for two hours. My colleague in North Shields has been visiting them a number of times.”