The skipper and eight crew were forced to abandon the yacht after it caught fire off the coast of Shetland, Scotland. Watch the dramatic footage below.
A skipper and his crew have been rescued from a life raft after their yacht caught fire off the coast of Shetland, Scotland.
The UK Coastguard received a Mayday call at 9.20am on 2 June, as well as beacon alerts indicating a yacht was in distress.
The yacht, called The Miracle, was on fire around 50 miles south west of Shetland.
A Mayday relay was broadcast by the Coastguard requesting assistance for the yacht.
A nearby oil support vessel responded to the broadcast and made its way to the area.
The Polish crew had been forced to abandon their yacht and were found in the vessel’s life raft.
The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh and the Aith RNLI Lifeboat were also sent to the incident.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has now confirmed that all nine people on The Miracle “have been safely accounted for after the support vessel picked them up from a life raft after they abandoned their sailing vessel.”
The support vessel is currently making its way to Scalloway Harbour.
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