Eleven men were rescued from the tramp steamer Fernanda 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) south of Vestmannaeyjar (The Westman Islands) yesterday after the ship caught fire around midday.
Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The ship was on its way to Hafnarfjörður when a fire broke out in the ship’s engine room. When the crew were unable to control the fire, two Coast Guard helicopters were sent to the scene. A pilot boat and rescue boat were also sent from Vestmannaeyjar, ruv.is reports.
The crew were rescued by helicopter and flown to Reykjavík. Weather conditions were difficult but the fire was eventually put out this morning.
The ship is badly damaged and is drifting.