Shetland Coastguard Ends Search and Rescue Operation

Shetland Coastguard has confirmed that the active search and rescue operation for the crew of Bourbon Dolphin has now ended.

Offshore industry vessels on scene are, in fact, continuing to search the area until dark.

Ten crew were recovered form the water last night by rescue units at the scene. Seven survivors were airlifted to Shetland but three of the ten recovered were confirmed as deceased last night.

The search for the five missing crew from the capsized vessel continued throughout the night and today. Royal Navy divers entered the vessel today but found no sign of life and with rough seas making for an extremely dangerous situation they have now withdrawn.

The focus of the operation will now switch to salvage of the vessel which currently remains afloat close to the rig.

Neville Davis, Shetland Coastguard says,

After an intensive search we must now accept that despite tremendous efforts from all rescue units involved it is extremely unlikely that the five missing crew will be found alive and our sympathies are with the families of the crew at this time.

We would like to thank all the rescue units and vessels involved in this operation who have made every effort possible and thankfully did bring seven survivors to safety.

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