Posted on December 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A search and rescue operation was launched to rescue the crew members of the Panama-flagged Cargo Ship, LIRA after the vessel started to experience water ingress.
The incident occurred during the early morning hours of December the 16th while the vessel was transiting through the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The vessel started experiencing issues at approximately 05:00 am in the morning, while transiting some 90 nautical miles northwest from the island of Ustica, Italy.
The crew members of the Lira issued a distress call, citing hull issues and water ingress. They proceeded to abandon the ship, which was left adrift.
Upon receiving news of the distressed crew, the Palermo Coast Guard launched a full-scale Search & Rescue operation and dispatched two patrol boats and two helicopters in order to locate the unfortunate seafarers.
Adding to the strength of the SAR mission, was an additional two helicopters that were launched from Cagliari and Catania and the ferry, EUROCARGO NAPOLI who diverted its course after receiving the distress call.
In the end, it was the Eurocargo Napoli that managed to locate the distressed seafarers. The ferry proceeded to launch its lifeboats and successfully rescued the missing seafarers.
The vessel, on the other hand, was seen drifting, some 80 miles from the coast of Arbatax, Sardinia. The Italian Coast Guard is continuing to monitor the course of the drifting vessel.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic