Authorities have been named the missing fisherman as Ekasit Thasphong from Grindavík. Photo: Icelandic Coast Guard
As the search for a missing fisherman in Icelandic waters continues, authorities have been named the man as Ekasit Thasphong, a 42 year old married father of three.
The identity of the man was released by Vísir hf, who own the 43.5-metre longliner. Sighvatur GK-57, the fishing vessel the man went overboard from on Saturday. The announcement was made after consultations with the family.
Mr Thasphong came to Iceland when he was young and has lived in Grindavík with his wife and three children where the whole family was involved in the community there.
In a statement Vísir said, “The staff of Vísir hf. thanks to all those who have participated in the search, everyone’s prayers are with the family and relatives of Ekasit Thasaphong.”
The Icelandic Coast Guard is continuing the search for the missing fisherman.
The fisheries patrol vessel Þór has been searching together with the rescue ship Oddi V. Gíslasyn and the Coast Guard helicopter. A submarine with special audio equipment has also joined the search. The search area was expanded and a radius of 18 nautical miles is being searched from the place where the man is believed to have fallen into the sea.
In a post this morning the Icelandic Coast Guard said:
“The crew of the guard ship Þór (Thor) continues the search today for the fisherman that fell offshore on Saturday off Garðskagi. A submarine from Teledyne Gavia will be searched in the area where the man is believed to have fallen off a board. The submarine is equipped with a special side audio monitor as well as cameras that can be used for observing the sea floor.
“An expert from Teledyne Gavia boarded Thor this morning along with experts from the Maritime Survey and Maritime Safety Department of the Coast Guard to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter will also be used for search today.”