Nine Rescued From Shetland Yacht Fire

2 June 2016, 13:58

Nine people have been rescued from a life raft after their yacht caught fire.

The Coastguard was alerted to the sailing boat in distress south west of Shetland on Thursday morning.

They broadcast a mayday call and the yacht crew were picked up by a support vessel in the area.

Aith RNLI Lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh attended the incident at around 10.30am.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: "All nine persons on board have been safely accounted for after the support vessel picked them up from a life raft after they abandoned their sailing vessel after it caught fire.

"The support vessel is currently making its way to Scalloway Harbour.''