Coast Guard Assist Stricken Vessel Off Cork Coast

Coast Guard

The 4 person crew of a fishing vessel that caught fire approx. 17 miles off Old Head of Kinsale in the early hours of the morning (14th May 2021) are reported to be in good spirits having had to abandon the vessel after a serious fire onboard. Despite efforts to fight the fire the vessel sunk close to the position where it initially caught fire.

Shortly before 2am this morning Valentia Coast Guard were alerted to a fire onboard the Irish fishing vessel “Horizon”. A full-scale Search and Rescue operation was mounted and Courtmacsherry All Weather Lifeboat and the Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter (R117) were tasked to the scene. Conditions at the time were favorable with light winds and a moderate sea. Other fishing and commercial vessels operating in the area also responded, as did the Naval ship LE George Bernard Shaw. Shortly after the fire outbreak the crew successfully abandoned the vessel and were recovered from their life raft by the Offshore Supply ship Pathfinder that had been operating at the Kinsale Gas field. The crew were subsequently transferred to the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat. There are no reports of any injuries being suffered by the crew . Another vessel on scene the Maersk Maker attempted to extinguish the fire but to no avail. The wreck was monitored by the Coast Guard Helicopter and LE George Bernard Shaw. The vessel was reported to have sunk shortly before 7am.

The Coast Guard has extended its thanks to all on Scene respondents for their timely and professional support and expressed relief that no serious injuries were incurred in what was potentially a very serious situation.


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