Naval Service tows a grounded trawler off the coast of Cork heading for Bantry
A beached fishing vessel off the coast of Cork with a crew of seven on board is being towed to Bantry by the warship LE George Bernard Shaw, according to the Irish Coast Guard.
Wexford-registered trawler Ellie Adhamh lost power on Friday morning 130 km off Bull Rock, west Cork, as he returned from a shrimp fishing trip on Porcupine Bank .
A major rescue operation has been launched, involving the Irish Coast Guard and the Naval Service, and coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Center on Valentia Island.
Force 4 westerly winds were lifting large seas and a shot of a tugboat from Bere Island to help the fishing vessel had to be abandoned after being damaged by a large wave.
The Irish Coast Guard’s Rescue 115 helicopter from Shannon was then tasked with assisting and made its way to the scene, but the captain and his crew opted to remain on the distressed fishing vessel.
LE George Bernard Shaw also attended the scene, but was unable to embark on Friday evening and remained on standby to assist the fishing vessel during a rough night.
But the Irish Coast Guard have confirmed that weather conditions have improved and the vessel is towing the vessel to Bantry, with the RNLI lifeboat from Castletownbere monitoring the tow.
A helicopter also transferred water pumps to the ship, which had taken on water on Friday.
According to the Coast Guard, the towing is proceeding satisfactorily and is expected to reach Bantry Bay later this evening where arrangements will be made for the vessel to be transported to port.
“The weather has improved and there is a window of several hours before she turns around, so the hope is to get her back to Bantry Bay and to the shelter as soon as possible,” a source said. .