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Icelandic women join coast guard

By Iceland Review

Not many women are sailors, but there seems to be an increased interest in the profession among Icelandic women. Coast guard ship Týr now employs two women as sailors.

Halldóra Lúdvíksdóttir joined the crew on Týr last summer and Saeunn María Pétursdóttir has worked on the coast guard cruiser for three years.

In an interview with Morgunbladid Pétursdóttir, 21, admitted people react strangely when she tells them that she is a sailor by profession.

Pétursdóttir, born and raised in Reykjavík, told Morgunbladid that her great grandfathers were seamen and her mother, Kristín Jónsdóttir, was also a seaman in her youth.

Týr provides rescue service at sea and guards the Icelandic fishery zone. The staff of 18 is out at sea for two or three weeks at a time.

Sailors like Pétursdóttir clean the ship and make sure everything is in order.

Her tasks include observing other ships to see whether they are fishing in legal areas, and measuring the size of their nets to make sure they are within legal limits.

Pétursdóttir also takes part in emergency exercises and has learned to use a smoke-mask. In her free time she works out in the on-board fitness room, reads, watches videos or plays cards with her colleagues.

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