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Byline: Crew from the Aith lifeboat were called out by the Shetland coastguard to respond to a single Mayday call from the sinking fishing boat Diamond (Tuesday 25 March)
Page Content: At 2:58 am Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew responded to a launch request by the Shetland Coastguard after a single Mayday distress call was heard. The scallop fishing boat Diamond had struck a rock on approach to the West Burrafirth pier on the west side of Shetland and she quickly capsized and sank. There were two people on board.

Another fishing vessel, the Diane Maxwell, was quickly on scene and recovered the first casualty from the water and administered CPR. The Walls volunteer Coastguard shore team were also on scene.

When the lifeboat arrived a life raft was found inflated, but empty.

The Aith lifeboat crew recovered the second casualty, who was wearing a survival suit, from the water. The casualty was wrapped in blankets and kept warm. The two vessels made their way to the West Burrafirth pier where both casualties were transferred to the Coastguard helicopter with a paramedic on board and flown to Lerwick for emergency medical assistance.

The Aith lifeboat was back at the Aith pier, refuelled and ready for service by 5:40 am.  

RNLI Media Contacts: Elizabeth Atia, volunteer lifeboat press officer for Aith, 07717 370942, email elizabethwark@hotmail.co.uk  or Richard Smith, public relations manager for Scotland, 07786 668903, email richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk 

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

Byline: Crew from the Aith lifeboat were called out by the Shetland coastguard to respond to a single Mayday call from the sinking fishing boat Diamond (Tuesday 25 March)
Page Content: At 2:58 am Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew responded to a launch request by the Shetland Coastguard after a single Mayday distress call was heard. The scallop fishing boat Diamond had struck a rock on approach to the West Burrafirth pier on the west side of Shetland and she quickly capsized and sank. There were two people on board.

Another fishing vessel, the Diane Maxwell, was quickly on scene and recovered the first casualty from the water and administered CPR. The Walls volunteer Coastguard shore team were also on scene.

When the lifeboat arrived a life raft was found inflated, but empty.

The Aith lifeboat crew recovered the second casualty, who was wearing a survival suit, from the water. The casualty was wrapped in blankets and kept warm. The two vessels made their way to the West Burrafirth pier where both casualties were transferred to the Coastguard helicopter with a paramedic on board and flown to Lerwick for emergency medical assistance.

The Aith lifeboat was back at the Aith pier, refuelled and ready for service by 5:40 am.  

RNLI Media Contacts: Elizabeth Atia, volunteer lifeboat press officer for Aith, 07717 370942, email elizabethwark@hotmail.co.uk  or Richard Smith, public relations manager for Scotland, 07786 668903, email richard_smith2@rnli.org.uk 

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press


Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 140 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.