Fishing boat missing in Scottish storm is found

12th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 January 2005, LONDON- A Spanish fishing boat that went missing in a brutal storm off northwest Scotland has been located, and its crew of 19 appears to be safe, the Royal Air Force and coastguard officials said.

12 January 2005

LONDON- A Spanish fishing boat that went missing in a brutal storm off northwest Scotland has been located, and its crew of 19 appears to be safe, the Royal Air Force and coastguard officials said.

The Cibeles, which sent out a satellite distress signal before midnight (0001 GMT) Tuesday, was found by a rescue plane drifting in rough seas without power, about 200 nautical miles (360 kilometres) off the Hebrides.

Three people on land were killed Tuesday when a powerful storm, packing gusts as high as 125 nautical miles (215 kilometres) an hour slammed Scotland, the north of England and Northern Ireland.

Weather forecasters called the storm one of the most powerful to hit Britain in years.

"The Cibeles is without power and is drifting," a spokeswoman for Stornoway Coastguard said, adding that an RAF Nimrod search plane was trying to make contact with its sister ship and other vessels in the area.

"It will need to be towed (back to port), but it is very fortunate that no one has been injured," she added.

Michael Mulford of the RAF Kilross air base in Scotland said the crew -five Spaniards and 14 Portuguese -- were "bobbing about at the mercy of the sea" amid winds of 60 to 75 nautical miles an hour.

"Our coastguard colleagues are trying to arrange any nearby vessel to get to them," he told BBC radio.

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