Twenty-four people were on board the whale watching boat Faldur, operated by Gentle Giants, in Skjálfandi Bay, 3.5 nautical miles from land when they noticed smoke coming from the engine room at around 11 am this morning, according to stundin.is.
The Civil Protection Department’s Coordination Center’s group accident strategy was activated and search and rescue boats were called out as well as the fire department and a Coast Guard helicopter. Other boats in the area were also called to the scene.
The passengers decided to continue their whale watching tour on Bjössi Sör, visir.is reports.
Faldur was towed to Húsavík harbor by North Sailing’s whale watching boat Knörrinn and search and rescue boat Jón Kjartansson.
CEO of Gentle Giants Stefán Guðmundsson wrote in a statement on the company’s Facebook page that everyone on board was well. He also thanked everyone who took part in the operation.