Date Published : March 28th, 2021 Published By : adminA challenging rescue operation between the Irish Naval Service, Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and local fishing vessels has ended when the stricken fishing vessel ELLIE ADHAMH has sunk.
Yesterday, the seven crew members were evacuated by Coast Guard Helicopters and brought to safety. The Irish Navy's LÉ George Bernard Shaw vessel was also involved in the operation which was being coordinated by Valentia Coast Guard.
Three rescue helicopters were involved in the operation.
Earlier today, the ‘Ellie Adhamh sunk in approximately 80m of water over two miles North of the Bull Rock, at the entrance to Kenmare Bay.
Valentia Coast Guard monitored the vessels situation overnight as it drifted in a northerly direction. A local Tug hired by the owners was on scene all morning evaluating options to tow the vessel to a place of safety. A second local Tug was also proceeding to the scene but it was evident from early morning that the vessels condition was deteriorating.
A Coast Guard spokesperson expressed relief that there was no loss of life and acknowledged the professionalism of all who had been involved in the operation, including Naval Service ship LE George Bernard Shaw, Castletownbere RNLI, Coast Guard Helicopter crews, owners and their representatives.
Pic: via @IrishCoastGuard