Gardai investigating working conditions on board trawler forced to enter Irish port for repairs
GARDAÍ are assisting UK marine officials with an investigation
GARDAÍ are assisting UK marine officials with an investigation into working conditions on board a trawler which was forced to enter an Irish port for emergency repairs.
The vessel, which is UK registered but it believed to be Spanish owned, was crewed by up to 12 Indonesian nationals.
Concern over conditions on board were raised when it was inspected as a matter of routine when it berthed in Castletownbere in west Cork for repairs.
The vessel apparently suffered engine problems while off Ireland's south west coast.
An insect infestation was immediately detected when the vessel was inspected by Irish marine officials.
Later, issues arose over the working conditions of a number of Indonesian crew on board.
An official from the Indonesian Embassy attended the vessel in port to assist the crew.
Later, officials from the Garda National Immigration Bureau are believed to have attended the scene to assist the ongoing inquiry.
A number of Indonesian nationals subsequently left the vessel and travelled to Dublin last night (Friday) as part of the ongoing probe.
The Irish authorities are now liaising with their UK counterparts over the vessel which comes under UK jurisdiction because of its registration.
The vessel does not operate from Irish ports and is only believed to have headed to Castletownbere for repairs.