Three fishermen rescued from freezing waters after 30-foot trawler 'rolled over and capsized'
Three fishermen were rescued after a 30-foot trawler 'rolled over and capsized' in freezing waters less than a mile off Rosslare last Wednesday, February 11, morning.
The Marine Accident Investigation branch has opened an inquiry into what caused the Quo Vadis to capsize. Local sources described what happened as a 'mystery'.
The trawler was raised from the seabed by divers using airbags on Friday before towed into one of the berths at Rosslare Europort prior to be being loaded on to a transporter.
The Marine Accident Investigation branch, which sent a team to the harbour, has opened an inquiry into what caused the ship to capsize. Local sources described what happened as a 'mystery'.
It sank so quickly that the only words a member of the crew was able to send on the radio were 'We're Going Down!'
One theory is that the trawler snagged on a rock as it was dredging for razor clams.
Emergency services said the Rosslare Lifeboat brought all three men to shore following the sinking of the Kilmore-registered beam trawler, which happened around 12.15 p.m.
One of the men had been plucked from the sea by the lifeboat while the other two got on board another fishing vessel before being transferred to the RNLI boat.
'We don't know what happened.
'The sea conditions were good and there was nothing to go seriously wrong in that way, but for some reason she rolled over and capsized,' said a spokesman.
The three crew members were suffering from shock and mild hypothermia and were taken to Wexford General Hospital by ambulance as soon as the lifeboat berthed.
They were discharged the following day.
The Rescue 117 helicopter from Waterford was tasked and after establishing the trawler crew was safe flew on to the scene of the incident to check whether there was any pollution or debris at the site of the sinking.