stricken trawler south-west castletownbere

The stricken trawler Ellie Adhamh has been taken under tow to Bantry Bay by the Irish Naval Service vessel the LÉ George Bernard Shaw. Photo: Rescue 115

The fishing vessel Ellie Adhamh under tow by the LE George Bernard Shaw and heading to Bantry.

The trawler from west Cork which had been drifting overnight, raised the alarm after it lost engine power on Friday morning. Successive attempts to restart its engine has failed.

Attempts were made to tow the vessel, but other fishing vessels has failed as tow lines keep breaking in the heavy seas being experienced and a tug which had gone to its aid had to return to port after it was struck by a giant wave 30 km offshore, which shattered the wheelhouse windows. The tug had to return to port for emergency repairs.

A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to the area to standby as a precautionary measure while a Naval Service vessel is diverting from fishery patrol duties to aid the trawler.

Last night Rescue helicopters 115 and 117 remained on standby to airlift the crew and a number of fishing vessels remained in the area to support the stricken vessel and it is expected the LÉ Bernard Shaw will arrive on the scene.

This morning, Rescue 115 deployed their Winchman to the vessel with two salvage pumps to help pump water from the fishing vessel to prevent it sinking. The helicopter crew also provided assistance with the tow line.

Rescue 115 this morning deployed their Winchman to the vessel with two salvage pumps to help pump water from the fishing vessel to prevent it sinking. The helicopter crew also provided assistance with the tow line.

Footage from Irish Coast Guard Helicopter R115 who assisted by landing pumps on the vessel. Rescue Coordination Centre Valentia Coordinating and monitoring situation.

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Stricken trawler Ellie Adhamh taken under tow to Bantry Bay

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