THE skipper of a small fishing boat had to swim to shore after falling overboard in the North Sea.
And as he was being taken to hospital a mission was launched to stop his vessel crashing into supply ships.
The creel boat was heading for Aberdeen Bay on autopilot and had to be intercepted by a team from a marine services company.
The RNLI said the fisherman had to swim for 20 minutes to reach safety after going into the water off Boddam, south of Peterhead.
He was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a check-up.
The Peterhead and Aberdeen lifeboats were both launched at 2pm yesterday after the alarm was raised. They were joined by the crew of a Greenhowe Marine Services’ vessel who heard a radio call.