A SAILOR at the centre of a dramatic rescue off the Hebrides has been jailed for fraud in Norway over the theft of a yacht.
Russian Evgeny Dorofeev claimed he was going on a short fishing trip with his wife when he rented a yacht.
A court heard he had hired the £200,000 boat in Norway on false pretences and hoped to sail off to start a new life.
Witnesses said he planned to either head for the Canaries or organise boat trips for rich Russians in the Black Sea.
But Dorofeev’s yacht ran aground on rocks near Skerryvore Lighthouse, off Tiree, in February during a severe storm.
But after being airlifted from the ship by the Coastguard he was placed straight into custody.
Dorofeev was taken to court in Edinburgh for an extradition hearing following a request from the Norwegian authorities and sent back to the country.
Now Bergen District Court has issued a written judgement saying judges had found “beyond any reasonable doubt” that Dorofeev had committed a serious fraud.
The 36-year-old, who denied the fraud charge, was jailed for two years.
He claimed he had mistakenly navigated off course.
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