A crew member of Danish cruiser Triton died this morning when a life-raft he was in overturned in the surf south of Sandgerdi in southwest Iceland. Seven other members of the Danish crew were rescued.
The Danish sailors had attempted to reach a 3,600 ton ship from Cyprus that had run ashore off the Reykjanes peninsula earlier this morning when their raft overturned. Rúv.is reports.
Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters and members of local rescue teams began searching for the eight sailors immediately. They were found at 8 am this morning and the seven survivors were brought to a hospital.
The stranded ship is registered in Cyprus but has a Russian crew. It had come from Grundartangi smelter in Hvalfjördur fjord north of Reykjavík where it had unloaded a shipment of quartz.
The ship is located about 150 m off the coast. The reasons for its stranding are unknown. Water has flooded its holds and its engines are dead.
Nearly 200 rescue team members, two helicopters and three rescue boats have arrived at the scene to save the crew. Earlier this morning saving the Danish sailors was a priority.
It is very windy near Sandgerdi and, according to forecasts, the weather conditions will not improve.