Trawler Collides With Iceberg - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Trawler Collides With Iceberg

Published December 2, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Ansgar Walk

An Icelandic trawler collided with an iceberg west of Dýrafjörður Saturday night, reports Vísir.

The ship’s captain, Pétur Birgisson, said he underestimated the weather conditions and had not at all expected to come across an iceberg in such shallow waters.

Thankfully the ship was in fact trawling for fish, meaning the ship was only going 3 miles per hour contra 10 miles. Pétur told Vísir that after the ship struck the iceberg, he looked up to see a wall of ice and immediately attempted to reverse the trawler, despite the risk to the catch.

After the collision, there was a significant dent in the hull of the ship above the waterline. The ship has since made it to shore and is being assessed for damages.

The coast guard has been notified of the iceberg’s location and will warn other vessels to look out for it.

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