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BBC Scotland's Sheena Mackay
"The Karianda had previously been banned by the authorities from putting to sea"
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Monday, 14 August, 2000, 21:00 GMT 22:00 UK
Solway Harvester sister vessel sinks
Karianda
Defects were found on the Karianda
A sister vessel of the ill-fated Solway Harvester, which went down with the loss of its seven crew, has sunk off the north-east of Scotland.

The three crew on the Karianda launched a liferaft 15 miles east of Stonehaven after the fishing boat started taking on water and quickly went down.

They were rescued by an RAF helicopter from Lossiemouth flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where they were said to be unhurt.

The Karianda, a 17m scallop dredger was detained in Mallaig in February by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after safety officers discovered a number of defects.

RAF Lossiemouth video
RAF Lossiemouth footage shows the men being rescued
The St Keverne, another ship owned by the Solway Harvester's operators, Hull-based Jack Robinson Trawlers, was also detained.

They were both discovered to have faulty seals on hatches, out-of-date escape hatch clips and navigation charts, and fire extinguishers in need of servicing.

The defects were said to be similar to those found on the Solway Harvester, which sank in mountainous seas off the Isle of Man in January.

An investigation found that a hatch on the Harvester's main deck had been left open and its two lifeboats had not been serviced since 1996.

Solway Harvester
The Solway Harvester sank in January
The Karianda, built in 1976, was being advertised for sale on an internet website called The Fishermen's Quay.

By 2100BST on Monday the site was displaying a "sale withdrawn" banner.

The alarm was raised on Monday when the trawler started to take on water after developing an electrical fault.

Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted by an emergency position radio beacon.

Deputy district controller Bill McFadyen said: "The search and rescue was well co-ordinated and assisted by the fact that the vessel carried a radio beacon which in this case may have saved the lives of these three men as they did not have time to radio an alert to us before abandoning their vessel."

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