The 18 meter long ferry Good Shepherd IV was rescued by the RNLI on August 5, 2014. The ferry which operates between Sumburgh to Fair Isle had suffered mechanical breakdown and had gone adrift off Sumburgh Head with 11 passengers and 4 crew on board. The vessel requested assistance and the RNLI lifeboat from Lerwick was dispatched to the scene. The lifeboat took the ferry under tow and proceeded to Grutness. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 18 meter long fishing vessel Prospect BF573 went aground just outside the Lerwick harbour, Shetland Islands. The Prospect went hard aground on the rocks locally known as Skibby Baa while going full speed at low tide. The impact caused severe hull damage and water ingress. The crew requested assistance with the Shetland Coastguard, Lerwick RNLI lifeboat, and other rescue vessels responding. The rescuers placed six pumps on board the fishing vessel while it floated free on the rising tide. The Prospect was taken under tow by the RNLI lifeboat and proceeded towards the harbour. However, the pumps could not keep up with the flooding and the Prospect began to list over. The Prospect foundered bow first. No reports of injuries. Authorities are monitoring the site for pollution. No reports if the vessel will be recovered or salvaged.
- Fish Trawler Prospect BF 573 Sinks in Lerwick Harbour (UK) (worldmaritimenews.com)
- Four crew rescued from sinking fishing boat Prospect after it runs aground at Shetland’s Lerwick Harbour (dailyrecord.co.uk)
The 122 meter long, 5758 dwt freighter Helliar suffered damage to its propeller stern tube by a rope while en route to Kirkwall from Aberdeen. The Helliar was able to continue to Lerwick at reduced speed. Divers made an inspection and determined the damage could not be repaired at the local facilities. The Helliar proceeded to Gothenburg where it will go into drydock for repairs. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.