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Friday, 19 April, 2002, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Fishermen safe after sinking
Calina sinking
A coastguard camera caught the vessel's last moments
Four fisherman have been rescued after their boat sank suddenly off the west coast of Scotland.

The crew of the Calina managed to send a mayday before they were forced to abandon their vessel about a mile off Stornoway.

Two of the crew made it on board another fishing boat which came to their aid and the other two were picked up by a lifeboat moments before the Stornoway-registered vessel sank.

They were lucky that they were so close to the harbour when it happened

Simon Riley
Stornoway Coastguard
A coastguard helicopter was also on hand to offer assistance.

The four crew were said to be uninjured, although suffering from shock.

Stornoway Coastguard received the mayday call shortly before 0500 BST to say that the small fishing boat was taking on water close to Chicken Rock.

"The pumps were working but they were worried about how long they would work for," said the coastguard's district controller Simon Riley.

"The water by this time was half way up the cabin, so it was getting quite serious."

Rescue operation

A lifeboat and helicopter were both at the scene in about 25 minutes.

Another fishing vessel, the Buckie-registered Lynn Marie, had also come alongside to help with the rescue operation.

"Within a very short time the boat rolled over sideways and started to sink," said Mr Riley.

However, by this time the four crew members had made good their escape, two on the lifeboat and the other two on the Lynn Marie.

Lifeboat and fishing vessel
A lifeboat and fishing boat picked the men up
"It happened very quickly. Thankfully they were able to get the mayday call out before the power was lost on the radio," said Mr Riley.

And he added: "They were lucky that they were so close to the harbour when it happened."

An ambulance was waiting to tend to the crew members when they arrived back on shore, suffering from the cold and a degree of shock.

However, they did not require any further treatment.

The Calina was the second fishing boat to be lost off the Western Isles in just over a week.

One fisherman died and five others were rescued when the Radiant - one of the biggest and most modern boats in the Scottish fleet - sank eight days ago.

Andrew Anderson reports
"The lifeboat and helicopter were alerted by a mayday call"
See also:

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