Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lucky escape for five crew rescued from trawler before it sank off Irish coast

The boat, called the Atlantic Osprey, could be seen half submerged in the sea south of Balbriggan. Photo: Mark Condren
The boat, called the Atlantic Osprey, could be seen half submerged in the sea south of Balbriggan. Photo: Mark Condren
The boat, called the Atlantic Osprey, could be seen half submerged in the sea south of Balbriggan. Photo: Mark Condren
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Five crew members had to be rescued from a trawler after it ran aground off Balbriggan in north Dublin early this morning.

The 12 metre vessel became disabled at sea and was blown ashore, becoming lodged on a sandbank.

The alarm was raised at 5.20am and Dublin coastguard coordinated the rescue.

One inshore lifeboat and two all-weather lifeboats were sent to the scene.

The Rescue 116 Coast guard helicopter was also involved in the operation.

This morning the boat, called the Atlantic Osprey, could be seen half submerged in the sea south of Balbriggan.

The boat, called the Atlantic Osprey, could be seen half submerged in the sea south of Balbriggan. Photo: Mark Condren
The boat, called the Atlantic Osprey, could be seen half submerged in the sea south of Balbriggan. Photo: Mark Condren

The wooden hull vessel had been fishing for razor clams when the incident occurred.

Local sources said the stiff easterly breeze had blown the trawler onto the sand after it had lost power and was left drifting.

"Fishing quotas now mean that fishermen have to go out in bad weather to try to make a living, and this is the result. It is laws made in Europe that have fishermen out at night in all sorts of weather," said one local fisherman who was not connected to the stricken trawler.

The five crew members were successfully evacuated from the stricken trawler and no injuries were reported.

"Efforts are now underway to salvage the trawler," a coastguard spokesman told Independent.ie.

Despite the Coastguard and RNLI's efforts to avert onboard flooding, the vessel sunk shortly after 8 am.

"The crew despite the ordeal are reported to be in good spirits," a spokesperson said.

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