VIDEO: Watch dramatic rescue of fishing boat crew in stormy weather

This footage shows the stormy conditions a lifeboat crew had to battle through in a dramatic rescue just off the north coast of Scotland.

Thurso Lifeboat were called out yesterday by their Shetland counterparts to help a fishing boat with six people on board which had fouled its propeller.

The Severn class lifeboat Roger and Joy Freeman (relief lifeboat 17-31) launched just after midday from Scrabster Harbour for what was to be a rough bumpy passage west along the north coast.

After battling against a westerly gale and heavy seas for almost two hours, the lifeboat came alongside the stricken fishing vessel which was disabled and drifting in heavy seas.

Although there was no immediate danger to the vessel, it had been drifting slowly towards the shore while the lifeboat was en route and was 2.5 miles north of Eilan nan Ron when the lifeboat arrived on scene just before 2pm.

A RNLI statement said: “Weather conditions and the sea state were not good throughout the day, with gale force 8 westerly winds and a large swell, which at times saw the crew facing waves of up to 8-10 metres, as well as heavy squalls of hail, sleet and rain.

“These weather conditions made for a long and difficult seven hour tow back to Scrabster Harbour. During the return to harbour the tow parted on five occasions, both during daylight and darkness.

“After being at sea for 9 hours and 30 minutes the lifeboat took the casualty alongside at Scrabster Harbour, the crew then refuelled the lifeboat and made her ready for service again by 10.10pm.

“The coxswain for the above service was Dougie Munro who recently received his 40 years service medal from the RNLI. Dougie is a younger brother of Wing Munro who retired a fortnight ago after almost 48 years service at Thurso RNLI. Between them the two brothers have clocked up nearly a century of service to Thurso Lifeboat.”