UK. Shetland Coastguard broadcasts all ships to aid Norwegian vessel adrift off Orkney in gale force Print E-mail
Monday, 13 November 2006
Coastguard news:

A Norwegian cargo vessel is now under tow to sheltered waters off Orkney, after it reported to Shetland Coastguard that it had broken down in severe gale force weather.

The vessel, 'Fri Stream' contacted Shetland Coastguard at 6.00 am this morning to report that it had no engine power. The vessel, which is in ballast, was 12 miles west of Orkney, and drifting towards the shore.

The Coastguard broadcast a message to all shipping requesting assistance. The offshore support vessel 'Edda Frigg' offered to help and once on scene, attached a tow. The two vessels are now making their way towards more sheltered waters near Orkney. The vessels are being shadowed by the Stromness RNLI lifeboat. Shetland Coastguard has just requested the Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat to launch and escort the two vessels through the islands. The Shetland Coastguard Rescue helicopter Oscar Charlie has also been put on standby as a precautionary measure.

Shetland Coastguard Watch Manager David Robinson says: "We are staying in very close contact with both vessels as they make their way into more sheltered waters. There are six people onboard the cargo vessel and their safety is of paramount importance to us.

Weather in the area is challenging with westerly severe gale force 9 winds and very rough seas

The Coastguard tug, 'Anglian Prince' is on its way to the vessel and is expected on scene at 6.00 pm
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 November 2006 )
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