MAIB launch investigation into man overboard incident from FV Eder Sands. Photo: NauticalShetland
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into an incident of a Man overboard, presumed deceased, from a UK registered fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean.
The incident happened onboard the ‘Eder Sands’ UL 257, approximately 220nm south-west of Ireland on Friday 07 October sometime between 8.00pm and 9.00pm.
As the incident occurred inside the Irish search and rescue zone, the coordination was passed to the Irish Coast Guard.
In a statement made today to The Fishing Daily, the Coast Guard said:
“HM Coastguard is aware of a man overboard incident, from a UK flagged fishing vessel within the Irish search and rescue region, just after 9pm on Friday, October 7. Coordination was passed on to the Valentia MRSC via the Dublin Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.”
The 36 metre gill-netter ‘Eder Sands’ is registered in Ullapool, Scotland and was detained in by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in July 2020 following allegations of non-payment of wages. During inspection it was also found that the vessel did not have the requisite International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate.
The 1974-built, UK-flagged, 307gt, ‘Eder Sands’ is owned by Ondar Fishing Co Ltd care of manager Alvarez E Hijos SA of Santa Uxia de Ribeira (A Coruna), Spain. It is entered with British Marine on behalf of Ondar Fishing Co Ltd.