Posted on December 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Five crewmembers onboard the Irish-flagged General Cargo Vessel, ARKLOW DAY had to be evacuated after the vessel was caught in adverse weather conditions.
The incident occurred during the evening hours of December the 9th, off the coast of northwest Spain.
The Arklow Day had just left the port of Aviles after having offloaded a cargo of cement slabs when it was caught in rough seas.
According to initial reports, the vessel encountered stray waves in the Bay of Biscay, with some reaching up to 9 meters in height.
Reportedly, the bulkhead of the crew compartment broke after being hit by a wave, sending shattered steel fragments throughout the area, seriously injuring five seafarers in the process.
The five seafarers, four Filipino and one Ukrainian national, sustained serious injuries all through their bodies and required immediate medical treatment.
Following the incident, the Master of the vessel proceeded to inform the local maritime authorities who then dispatched a Rescue Helicopter to evacuate the wounded seafarers.
Despite the adverse weather conditions present in the area, the helicopter crew managed to successfully airlift the wounded crewmen two hours after the original dispatch.
The remaining crew managed to take the ship to Gijon, where she arrived, during the early morning hours of December the 10th.
One of the injured seafarers, a Ukrainian national required urgent surgery and was moved to the Cabuenes hospital, while the remaining seafarers were transferred to another local hospital.
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