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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 December 2005, 12:25 GMT
Fishing crew airlifted to safety
The Sovereign (picture by David Tait)
The Sovereign ran aground on rocks (picture by David Tait)
Five fishermen have been airlifted to safety after their vessel ran aground off Fraserburgh.

The Banff-registered Sovereign got into difficulties at Cairnbulg Rocks at about 0120 GMT on Sunday.

The emergency services were alerted and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was scrambled.

"The crew was winched to safety, leaving their boat listing at 30 degrees on the rocks and its engine room flooded," said an RAF spokesman.

Crew members are rescued by the RAF
Crew members were rescued by an RAF helicopter team

The helicopter landed at a site prepared by coastguard rescue teams from Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

Hector Sutherland, watch officer at Aberdeen Coastguard, said: "Due to the heavy swell after recent gales we decided in consultation with the lifeboat it would be safer to airlift the five casualties from their vessel.

"Rescue helicopter 137 from RAF Lossiemouth was scrambled and took all five casualties to a prepared landing site ashore at Cairnbulg, where they were met by the coastguard rescue teams and relatives.

"We are pleased to say all five crew were safe and well and required no medical assistance."

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