Rescue bid as vessel overturns

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Published: Saturday 3rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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A major rescue operation has been launched after a cargo vessel believed to be carrying eight people overturned off the north of Scotland.

Four lifeboats, two rescue helicopters and other vessels are searching for the crew of the vessel whose upturned hull was found by a passing ferry in the Pentland Firth.

Shetland Coastguard was contacted by the ferry at around 2.30pm to report that the hull of the vessel had been found, although there were no survivors in the immediate area.

The cargo vessel was last seen at 1pm yesterday.

The Wick, Thurso, Longhope and Stromness RNLI lifeboats, the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Shetland, an RAF rescue helicopter and other vessels in the area are involved in the search in the east of the Pentland Firth.

Published: Saturday 3rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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