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Fatal Shipwreck in the West Fjords

Seiner Jón Hákon BA-60 sank yesterday morning just outside Aðalvík on Ísafjarðardjúp in the West Fjords. Three were rescued but one perished.

Around 7AM yesterday morning Jón Hákon disappeared from the automatic radar system, and soon thereafter the Icelandic Coast Guard sent out a notice to nearby boats to keep an eye out for the lost seiner.

Small coastal fishing boat Mardís was closest to the sunken Jón Hákon and its crew was able to rescue three of the fishermen, who had managed to cling to the keel of the overturned boat for over an hour.

“I don’t feel good. The situation was terrible,” said Jóhann Sigfússon, one of the fishermen on Mardís, to Vísir yesterday.

“They had been waiting for a long time. Of course it’s good to have been able to help, but it still doesn’t feel good. I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

Jóhann and other crew members on Mardís got the three shipwrecked men into a speedboat that took them to Bolungarvík for medical attention. None of them sustained any injuries and all have now been discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile the crew on Mardís searched for the missing fourth man from Jón Hákon, and eventually found his body. He had drowned.

The name of the drowned crew member was released early this morning. His name was Magnús Kristján Björnsson, he was born in 1954 and hailed from Bíldudalur, a small fishing village in the West Fjords.

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