Irish Coast Guard called to rescue PIEDRAS crew as vessel sinks off Cork

The Piedras, which sank off Cork yesterday, unloading in Killybegs in 2021

Yesterday morning, Wednesday 01 June, Valentia Coast Guard was tasked to co-ordinate in the assistance of a fishing vessel reported to be in difficulty approximately 60 nautical miles south west of Mizen Head, Co Cork.

The UK-registered, Spanish owned Piedras FD 528 had eleven crew onboard. The 35.5 metre, built in 1976, was fishing off the south west coast of Ireland when it reported that it was taking water and had lost propulsion.

Valentia Coast Guard then tasked the Coast Guard helicopter R115 to the scene. The crew abandoned the vessel after being picked-up by a nearby fishing vessel, Armaven Uno. The Piedras was reported to be on fire when the R115 and Air Corps Casa arrived on the scene. Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 was also mobilised with two bilge pumps onboard but it was too late.

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The vessel sank some hours later at the location where it had got into difficulty. Its crew, safely onboard the other fishing vessel, proceeded to be transported to Castletownbere.

The vessel sank some hours later at the location where it had got into difficulty. Its crew, safely onboard the other fishing vessel, proceeded to be transported to Castletownbere.  The Irish Coast Guard said, “Thanks to CG Helo crews- 115 and 116, and to Defence Force colleagues including LE Samuel Beckett, on scene in a monitoring role.”  Among the 11 crew members rescued from the fishing there Piedras there are Spanish, Moroccan and Ghanaian, reports Spanish coat guard service, Salvamento Marítimo.

The Irish Coast Guard said, “Thanks to CG Helo crews- 115 and 116, and to Defence Force colleagues including LE Samuel Beckett, on scene in a monitoring role.”

Among the 11 crew members rescued from the fishing there Piedras there are Spanish, Moroccan and Ghanaian, reports Spanish coat guard service, Salvamento Marítimo.

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Irish Coast Guard called to rescue PIEDRAS crew as vessel sinks off Cork

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