Major rescue operation for injured trawler set to resume at first light
A major rescue operation was set to resume in first light on Saturday when a naval service vessel attempts to run a tow line to a distressed trawler, which has seven crew on board, in rough seas off the coast of the coast of Cork.
Wexford-registered trawler Ellie Adhamh lost power on Friday 130 km off Bull Rock in western Co Cork as she returned from a shrimp fishing trip on the Shoal Porcupine.
It is understood that the trawler, which fishes in Castletownbere, had lost its main communication system, but was able to transmit a radio signal to a nearby trawler which transmitted a distress signal.
The Irish Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center on Valentia Island launched a rescue operation and the Bere Island Ocean Bank tug, which had been en route from Spain, turned away at the scene to help.
However, 80 km / h winds and rough seas damaged the tug’s wheelhouse and the tug had to divert to Castletownbere, assisted in port by RNLI from Castletownbere.
A number of trawlers remained on standby at the 25m Ellie Adhamh as it faced 20ft high waves before the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 115 helicopter from Shannon arrived on the places.
Rescue 115 offered to airlift the crew out of the crashed vessel, but the trawler captain was happy his crew remained on board as Naval Service LE George Bernard Shaw also traveled to the area to assist.
LE George Bernard Shaw arrived at the scene at around 8 p.m. Friday, releasing a Cypriot registered cargo ship, the Frio Forwin, which had remained on standby to assist after picking up a May 1 signal.
LE George Bernard Shaw established radio contact with Ellie Adhamh and was to spend the night nearby before attempting to be towed aboard the distressed trawler in the first light of Saturday.
Meanwhile, Valentia also tasked Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 117 to help, and the Waterford-based helicopter flew to Castletownbere, where it remained on standby to help.