The fishing trawler Russa Taign lost propulsion power after engine failure on 12 nautical miles west off Westray, Orkney archipelago in Scotland. The vessel is drifting at gale-force winds and rough seas, which cause immediate danger for the seaworthiness and stability. The fishermen sent distress signal and requested assistance from the local authorities. At the scene of the accident was dispatched RNLI boat from Stromness, but due to rough sea and larger dimensions of the trawler, was not able to perform towing. The local authorities ordered towing tug Heracles and fishing vessel Keila to assist with salvage operation, but RNLI lifeboat stand at the sight of Russa Taign to ensure safety and to react immediately in case of emergency.
The fishing vessel Keila was first at the scene and linked the wire to disabled trawler, but it broke several minutes after towing was started. Then to the salvage joined the towing tug Heracles and both vessels arrived at Kirkwall without reporting any injuries and damages. Fortunately all the ships arrived to Orkney archipelago without reported damages.
The fishing trawler Russa Taign (IMO: ) has overall length of 27.40 m, moulded beam of 8.50 m and maximum draft of 2.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 160 DWT and the gross tonnage is 354 GRT.