On 9th December 1977 on a fishing trip out of Aberdeen, Scotland, the steel hulled fishing trawler Elinor Viking, A278, 122 gross tons, 23.52 L x 6.7 B x 3.35 D metres, built 1974 J. Lewis & Sons, Aberdeen, Scotland, owned by John Brown (Aberdeen) Ltd, Aberdeen, Scotland, and registered in Aberdeen, Scotland grounded on the Ve Skerries, west of Papa Stour, in storm force winds. The Aith Lifeboat was quickly at the scene but because of the sea conditions was unable to get near enough to rescue the crew.
A volunteer crew in a British Airways Sikorsky S61N helicopter from Sumburgh Airport flew to the scene and winched all the boat's crew to safety despite the storm force winds. The helicopter crew later received a number of awards for bravery.
The wreck lies broken up in a maximum depth of 15 metres of water.