Fisherman dies and one in hospital after boat hits rocks and sinks
Leonard Scollay, 40, from Lerwick, died after the scallop fishing vessel Diamond hit rocks and sank near Shetland.
A fisherman has died and another has been taken to hospital after a boat hit rocks and sank near Shetland.
Leonard Scollay, 40, from Lerwick, died after the scallop fishing vessel Diamond hit rocks and sank at around 2.55am on Tuesday.
Another crew member remains in a stable condition in Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.
Scollay was described as "potentially the finest fiddler of his generation" and played in bands including Rock, Salt & Nails as well as Bonshang.
Bongshang band leader JJ Jamieson said: “Leonard was one of the most determined and accomplished musician I have ever met.
"I am proud to have played alongside him.”
Shetland’s music development officer, Bryan Peterson, said: “It is a real tragedy whenever someone is lost at sea.
"Leonard was a good friend of mine, I have worked with him for a number of years and I played in a lot of bands with him over the years.
“He was potentially the finest fiddler of his generation, a fiery fiddler and a fiery character. It obviously is a very sad day."
Shetland Coastguard received a Mayday call from the Diamond and sent a rescue helicopter from Sumburgh.
The Aith RNLI lifeboat was launched to the position the crew had given in the west of Shetland at West Burrafirth.
Three fishing vessels in the area also went to the scene to help in response to an appeal from the coastguard.
When the lifeboat arrived a life raft was found inflated but empty.
A local vessel called Diana Maxwell recovered one man from the water.
A second man was recovered by the Aith RNLI lifeboat.