Person dies after Scots trawler capsizes off Norway

The Norwegian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre received an emergency signal at around 1.39pm on Sunday.

Person dies after Peterhead trawler capsizes off Norway iStock

One person has died after a trawler capsized off Norway after leaving Peterhead on Saturday.

The Norwegian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said they received an emergency signal from the Njord at about 1.39pm on Sunday.

Three people were rescued by helicopter and five others were picked up by another vessel.

One person was later pronounced dead. 

The incident happened around 100 nautical miles west of Stavanger. 

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: “At 13:49 yesterday (06 March) HM Coastguard received a distress alert from an EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon) from a UK flagged fishing vessel.

“The EPIRB gave a position in the Norwegian search and rescue region.

“The Norwegian Coast Guard was contacted and confirmed it had also received the alert and a helicopter had been sent. 

 “The upturned vessel was located and all eight crew were recovered.

“Three of the crew were taken to hospital by helicopter, the other five crew members were taken on board an offshore support vessel and taken to Stavanger.

Ståle Jamtli from the NJRCC said the helicopter arrived around 20 minutes after the alarm was raised.

He added:  ”There were around five people on the keel and a couple in the sea.

”It must have gone fast because they hadn’t had the time to put any survial suit or rescue equipment on, so they were just in their normal working clothes.”

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