Hjaltland FerryBBC News reports that a 22-year-old ferry passenger disappeared while sailing from Lerwick to Aberdeen yesterday. The young man was aboard the MV Hjaltland and was last seem early in the morning around 4:00 A.M.

An air and sea search, after the passenger was not located on the ship, was initiated but was unsuccessful. 

BBC News states that Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Aberdeen lifeboats were called out, and were assisted by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth, and two commercial vessels

The Hjaltland  retraced its route back up the coast, but was not successful in locating the passenger.

Aberdeen Coastguard, which was coordinating the operation, said given the sailing time which elapsed between the last sighting of the passenger and the deploying of lifeboats, the search area was extensive and time-consuming. 

Unfortunately this is another case where the vessel failed to have a state-of-the-art man overboard detection system. 


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