Norwegian authorities have launched an investigation after a fisherman operating a single-handed crab boat was found dead in the sea An intense search operation is underway for two missing crewmen from a Faroese longliner which sank due south of the Islands this morning

An intense search operation is underway for two missing crewmen from a Faroese longliner which sank due south of the Islands this morning

A major search operation is underway for two missing crewmen from a Faroese longliner which sank due south of the Islands after it ran difficulties this morning.

At 0900 (8.00am GMT) this morning, the alarm sounded at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (HRS) in Northern Norway. Speaking to Norwegian fishing magazine Fiskeribladet, Linda Hansen, the rescue leader at HRS Northern Norway, informed that its journalists that the centre received a distress signal via the Cospas-Sarsat system at 0900 on Tuesday morning, signalling that a fishing vessel was in the process of sinking.

“It is an international system for picking up distress signals. Our job then is to ensure that the rescue centre responsible for the area where the alarm is triggered has received the alarm and that a rescue operation has been initiated,” Hansen told Fiskeribladet this afternoon.

The MRCC rescue station in Torshavn confirmed to Fiskeribladet that that the fishing vessel concerned in the incident was the longliner ‘Kambur’. The longliner had previously sailed under the Norwegian flag, first as ‘Geir’ when owned by the H.P. Holmeset shipping company. Later, it was sold to Austevoll and named ‘Østerfjord’. As previously reported by Fiskeribladet, ‘Østerfjord’ was sold to the Faroe Islands in 2021, where it has since operated under the name ‘Kambur’.

The vessel was just south of the Faroe Islands when it encountered difficulties. Fiskeribladet confirmed from the rescue station at 1345 (12.45pm GMT) that the boat in question has sunk. MRCC reported that the boat listed severely, leading to its sinking. There were 16 people on board, and 14 of them have been rescued. A search is currently underway for the two missing crew members.

According to the newspaper KVF, the police report that the two missing individuals are in their 40s and 50s. The 14 rescued crew members have been sent to the hospital but are not believed to be seriously injured.

A helicopter and four to five boats are involved in the search. According to MRCC, a reconnaissance plane from Denmark was planned to assist, but it has encountered technical problems. The weather is poor, with strong northeast winds in the area, as reported by MRCC to Fiskeribladet.

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