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Whalers Assist Troubled Sailboat off Iceland

The crew of the sailboat Santa Maria from Hamburg, Germany, called for assistance when they ran out of fuel 140 nautical miles west of Reykjavík last week.

A whaling ship from Hvalur. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The guard post of the Icelandic Maritime Administration contacted ships that were nearby and as it turned out the whaling ship Hvalur 9 was located closest to Santa Maria where it was on its way to Hvalfjördur with two fin whales, Morgunbladid reports.

The whalers reacted quickly and gave the sailors, three men and one woman, an oil container. The tourists were very thankful that they could continue their journey to Ólafsvík in west Iceland.

The weather has been good for whaling recently and so far this season 109 fin whales have been brought to the whaling station in Hvalfjördur, Fréttabladid reports.

Whaling company Hvalur has a quota for 150 fin whales this season and has 25 animals left from the previous season. It looks as if the quota will be fulfilled before the season is over.

Click here to read another recent story of a tourist running out of fuel in Iceland and here to read a recent story about whaling.

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