Fishermen activated their McMurdo EPIRB after vessel caught fire and they evacuated into life rafts

Five fisherman were rescued after their boat caught fire and they evacuated into life rafts.  

The fishermen on board Onward, a fishing vessel registered in Buckie,

were 50 miles north-west of the Stromness when the fire

forced them to evacuate into life rafts. They activated their McMurdo EPIRM at 13:28 on Wednesday 11th April. The Shetland Coastguard received

the alert and broadcast an alert to all vessels in the area.

A maritime surveillance aircraft was also tasked to attend the scene

and report back, after which time a Coastguard rescue helicopter at

Sumburgh was sent. On arrival, the five fishermen were winched to safety

and all taken to Kirkwall hospital suffering from hypothermia.

“The rescue of these five fishermen last week

highlights just how important it is to carry a distress beacon for when

an emergency situation occurs,” said Ross Wilkinson, Global Sales Director of Orolia Ltd. “Thanks to this beacon being correctly

registered, the emergency services were able to quickly establish which

vessel had issued the distress alert and effectively activate a rescue


Find out more about McMurdo EPIRBs.