Posted on November 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two seafarers aboard the Dutch-flagged fishing vessel, Lummetje – UK-165 have gone missing, prompting a large Search & Rescue operation to be launched.
The incident occurred in the early morning hours of November the 28th while the vessel was transiting through the North Sea.
At approximately 5:45 am in the morning, the vessel turned on its emergency transmitter, after being caught in adverse weather conditions in the vicinity of the island of Texel.
Local maritime authorities attempted to establish contact with the crew of the vessel, which comprised of two men, aged 27 and 41 respectively, but ultimately failed in its attempt to do so.
In response, a large-scale S&R operation was launched, coordinated by elements of the Dutch Coast Guard.
Two helicopters, an emergency tugboat, the Coast Guard patrol vessel Osprey, a lifeboat and several cutters were dispatched to the area in order to aid the distressed seafarers.
One of the two helicopters discovered one empty life raft and a number of buoys floating in the area.
Sonar scans have located an object on the seafloor that could potentially be the missing vessel. Unfortunately, however, due to the adverse weather conditions present in the area, it has not been possible to further inspect the object.
Some ship parts have washed ashore, believed to belong to the missing vessel. The Dutch Coast Guard has confirmed that it will not be continuing its rescue efforts on November the 29th.
However, they confirmed that they will be covering the area via regular patrol flights.