The sand pump vessel Perlan (Pearl) sank in Reykjavík Harbor yesterday, RÚV reports. All available firefighters were sent out shortly before 11:00 am, but the ship had sunk half an hour later. Perlan had been undergoing repair in the shipyard for the past few weeks, but was put to sea yesterday morning.
Right now, the ship lies at the bottom of the harbor with only the masts standing out. Police closed the harbor temporarily yesterday for security reasons.
Firefighters were notified of a leak onboard at 10:42 am. Once they arrived on scene, the bow was already submerged. As a firefighter and engineer went on board, the stern began sinking rapidly. Luckily, no one was injured. Firefighters were able to save the two men onboard.
There is suspicion that workers forgot to close the ship’s bottom outlets before setting it to sea.
Precautions have been taken to prevent oil leakage from the ship, Vísir reports. Perlan was built in 1979.