The 40 meter long, 650 dwt fishing vessel Migdale became disabled off Foula Shetland while en route to Stromness. The fish carrier had suffered damage to a control rod to its propeller disabling the Migdale. Adrift in heavy swells, the crew requested assistance. The RNLI responded and dispatched a lifeboat from Aith Voe to the scene. The lifeboat took the Migdale under tow and proceeded to St. Magnus Bay, Shetland. There an emergency tug took over the tow and proceeded to Aith Voe anchorage. No reports of injuries or pollution release. Reports state the Migdale will arrange a tow with another tug to be taken to a shipyard for repairs.
The 122 meter long, 7124 dwt general cargo vessel Myrte became caught fire and became disabled in the North Sea near Fair Isle, Shetland Islands. The Myrte had suffered a small engine room fire and the vessel lost power going adrift. The crew requested assistance with the nearby 78 meter long supply vessel Olympic Octopus,the coastguard tug Herakles and the 38 meter long tug Tystie came to her aid. The tug Tystie took the Myrte under tow. No reports of injuries to the nine crew on board. The Myrte was en route to Lerwick from Invergordon with a cargo of construction materials.
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.