Man dies after boat capsizes throwing three overboard

The incident off the Aberdeenshire coast sparked a massive rescue operation.

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A man has died after a fishing boat capsized off the northeast coast throwing three people into the sea.

Police confirmed a 61-year-old man passed away after the incident sparked a massive rescue operation off the Aberdeenshire coast.

Two other men, a 67-year-old and a 58-year-old were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances and the 61-year-old’s family had been informed.

HM Coastguard - Angus & DundeeHM Coastguard – Angus & Dundee

A passing fishing boat came across the overturned vessel off Kinneff and raised the alarm shortly before 4.40pm on Saturday.

The crew rescued one casualty and updated the Coastguard that two others were still unaccounted for.

Three RNLI lifeboats launched from Stonehaven, Montrose and Arbroath, Rescue Helicopter Bond 1 and several civilian vessels responded to the Mayday call.

A second casualty, located by a responding offshore supply vessel, was recovered by Stonehaven Lifeboat and transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by Rescue Bond 1.

The final casualty managed to swim ashore and was located by Coastguard Rescue Teams from Stonehaven and Arbroath who provided immediate casualty care before transferring them into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service at Catterline.

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