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Shetland fishing boat sinking: ‘Tired’ skipper criticised

Shetland fishing boat sinking

The captain of an angling vessel which sank off Shetland may have been experiencing exhaustion, a Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) examination has found.

The Coelleira made a misery call in the wake of running on to rocks at Vee Skerries close to Papa Stour on 4 August a year ago.

Its 15 team individuals were securely emptied by the coastguard helicopter.

A MCA report found the scaffold was unmanned when the vessel hit the stones.

It likewise states:

  • The section from the angling grounds to Scrabster was not appropriately arranged

A compelling post was not kept up

The judgment and execution of the captain, who was on watch at that point, may have been unfavorably influenced by exhaustion

The set-up of electronic route gear unfavorably influenced the captain’s capacity to screen the vessel’s position and recognize risks.

The report suggests that the Coelleira proprietors follow rules on rest times and keeping a sheltered watch.

The MCA said at the hour of the sinking that no contamination issues had been accounted for.