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Crew of Stranded Fishing Boat Rescued in Súgandafjörður

Four sailors were rescued when a 21-tonne fishing boat stranded yesterday evening, near the mountain Göltur, in Súgandafjörður in the West Fjords.

The Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) received a distress call from the boat at 22:00 yesterday evening and immediately dispatched a rescue helicopter. ICE-SAR rescue teams from the northern West Fjords were also mobilised.

According to a statement from the ICG, the stranded boat quickly became stuck between two rocks. Despite relatively calm weather, sizeable waves broke over the fishing boat. In light of unfavourable conditions, a rescue boat could not advance close enough for rescue; rescue teams came by land from northern Súgandafjörður.

The ICG‘s rescue helicopter, TF EIR, arrived on the scene at 23:42. The fishing boat’s four crew members were safe aboard the helicopter at midnight. They were then transported to Ísafjörður.

According to RÚV, the patrol ship Týr is expected to arrive at the scene of the incident early this morning. Conditions will be surveyed with an eye to salvaging the marooned boat.

The Coast Guard has released a video of the helicopter rescue.

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