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'Onward' crew rescued before boat sinks

  • 4-12-2012

Five fishermen are recovering after being rescued from life rafts when their boat caught fire about 50 miles from Orkney.

A signal from a distress beacon on the Banff-registered "Onward" was picked yesterday afternoon.

The men were airlifted by the Shetland coastguard helicopter and were treated in Kirkwall for the effects of hypothermia. The boat later sank.

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