The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association expect the search for Reidar Nilsen to resume, despite the police calling an end to efforts yesterday. Photo: No. 330 Squadron RNoAF
The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association have said that they expect the search for Reidar Nilsen to resume, despite the police in Finnmark calling a stop to the search yesterday, Wednesday 12 January.
Mr Nilsen and his son Remi Andre Nilsen headed to sea from their homeport of Hasvik in northern Norway on Sunday, 09 January. Their fishing vessel “Peik” was found aground on rocks near Sletnes Lighthouse with both men missing. Onboard, it was found that the two survival suits were still intact, and later the body of Remi Andre was located by searchers.
A search began in earnest for Reidar Nilsen which involved 40 volunteer crews from the Red Cross Nordkyn power team and the fire brigade, along with other volunteers who searched the shoreline. A Sea King helicopter was also called in on the search but this yesterday morning the search was called off with police saying that Me Reidar Nilsen has now been presumed dead.
Mr Reidar Nilsen was a former leader of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association for 12 years before he stepped down in 2013.
Reacting to the news, Kåre Heggebø, leader of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association called on the police to resume the search.
“We have respect and understanding that the police stop the search for reasons such as the safety of crews who will participate in the search for Reidar Nilsen. At the same time, we expect the search to resume when it is justifiable,” says Heggebø.
He continued, “Reidar was the first to raise his voice and be clear on behalf of the bereaved in similar situations as his own family is now in. Therefore, it is both easy and at the same time difficult to have to say the same on his behalf.”
Kåre Heggebø says he has a clear expectation that it is the words “postpones the search” and not “end” or “stop” that is used in this tragic event.
He finished by saying, “As professionals at sea, we take every single day risk to create value. We must have an expectation that society at large values the work we do, even when the accident strikes.”