Icelandic Trawler Sinks Off Norwegian Coast - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Trawler Sinks Off Norwegian Coast

Published January 26, 2012

An Icelandic trawler sank not far from the coast of Norway yesterday, prompting a rescue effort from the Icelandic Coast Guard. One sailor has been rescued, but three others are still missing.
About 13:30 yesterday, RÚV reports, Norwegian maritime authorities received an automatic distress signal from the trawler, which was traveling from Iceland to Norway. Efforts to contact the ship were fruitless. The ship shortly thereafter disappeared from automatic tracking in Reykjavík.
At the time, the ship was positioned about 270 nautical miles from the Norwegian coast. The Icelandic Coast Guard, deployed to the scene, has had to contend with terrible weather conditions in the area, with waves measuring some 10 to 15 metres high.
Two Sea King helicopters were also deployed to the area, where one was able to locate one of the four men in the sea. He is currently in Norway, and has sustained no serious injuries.
The other three crew members are still being searched for. Infrared cameras and radar will be used to look for them, and another trawler is also taking part in the search.

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