Fisherman dies after falling from boat

A man died last Thursday after falling overboard from a Kirkcudbright-based fishing boat off the coast of Shetland.

The man, who fell from the Ballantrae-registered King Challenger, was pulled from the water by crew members and airlifted to hospital but later died.

Officials from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched an investigation into his death.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: “At 9:45am on Thursday 23 June, the UK Coastguard received a mayday broadcast from a 21-metre fishing vessel reporting a person overboard, 17 nautical miles south-west of Scalloway, Shetland.

The person was recovered from the water by the crew of the fishing vessel.

“A UK Coastguard search-and-rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh was sent to the location.

“The casualty was winched on board and flown to Gilbert Bain Hospital. Lerwick coastguard rescue team prepared a safe landing area for the helicopter. The MAIB has deployed a team to conduct an investigation.”

Police confirmed the man later died and his next of kin have been informed.

A report will be sent to the procurator-fiscal once the investigation is complete.

The King Challenger is a scalloper belonging to West Coast Sea Products, based in Kirkcudbright.