Sunday, 10 April 2016

The bodies of two crew members have been found after a vessel sank off the Scottish coast, and one sailor is still missing.
16:18, UK,Saturday 09 April 2016
Three of the four crew members on board the boat are missing. File pic
Two bodies have been found after a fishing boat sank off the Western Isles of Scotland, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.
One fisherman is still unaccounted for, and a fourth was rescued shortly after the boat got into difficulty early this morning.
The coastguard received a distress alert at about 3.45am on Saturday, and the boat's emergency positioning beacon was activated near the island of Mingulay.
A search operation for the missing sailor has been scaled back.
The fishing vessel sank near the island of Mingulay
Mark Rodaway, a national maritime operations commander with the UK Coastguard, said: "Despite an intensive search including the helicopters, lifeboat and other fishing vessels in the area, we have been unable to locate the missing fisherman. Our thoughts are with all those involved."
It is believed that weather conditions were relatively calm when the vessel went down.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman added: "The coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Stornoway has been searching the area along with the Barra RNLI lifeboat.
"The lifeboat remains in the area and the coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick has taken over so the search can continue."