Trawler brought safely back to Shetland after total power loss at sea

The Aalskere-K 375 towed whitefish trawler Enterprise II (IMO 9198795), which had lost power during the evening of October 22nd and had been drifting overnight as other vessels nearby attempted to restore power or take her under tow in worsening weather conditions off the Shetlands in the far north of the UK.

The trawler, with six crew members onboard had started taking on water in the morning as weather conditions continued to deteriorate, with winds gusting up to gale force 8.

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) requested the Aith Lifeboat on the isle of Shetland to launch and the boat headed to the position 50 miles west of Scalloway, southern Shetland, to assess the situation. The MCA’s rescue helicopter had also landed extra pumping equipment onboard the trawler to help drain the water.

A lifeboat, the Charles Lidbury, arrived alongside the trawler by 09:50, and the Aalskere-K 375 managed to establish a tow line shortly after. The lifeboat crew monitored the towing operation and shadowed both fishing vessels safely back to Scalloway.

Spare torches, batteries and an extra handheld VHF radio were passed over to the trawler crew during the tow as the vessel had lost power completely. The RNLI crew returned to the lifeboat pier in Aith after a 20-hour operation.

1999-built, UK-flagged, 421 gt Enterprise II is owned by Thornbay Ltd care of The Don (Peterhead) Fishing Co of Peterhead, UK.