Posted on December 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Norwegian-flagged Fishing Vessel, FAY sank during the morning hours of December the 28th while transiting through the Barents Sea.
The incident occurred at approximately 1100 hours, off the coast of Honningsvag, Norway. The MRCC Northern Norway received a distress call from the ship, suggesting it was caught in adverse weather conditions and that the crew was preparing to abandon the vessel.
According to reports, the fishing vessel was caught in winds reaching 28 knots and was heavily listing on its port side as a result.
Following the distress call, MRCC Northern Norway immediately dispatched a Sea King helicopter to the scene, alongside a number of other vessels.
The helicopter rushed to the scene, covering about 80 miles in 50 minutes. Upon reaching the destination, the helicopter team spotted two life rafts floating in the water.
Within the next 30 minutes, the helicopter crew managed to safely rescue the crew of the fishing vessel. They transported the Norwegian crew to a hotel in Honningsvag where they received first aid by a crisis team. Thankfully there were no serious injuries reported among the crew of the distressed vessel.
The remaining ships that participated in the SAR operation reached the site of the incident, and they reported that the vessel proceeded to fully sink at approximately 1325 hours, as it was battered by high-force winds and two-meter high waves.