The search for a missing fisherman from the longliner, Sighvat GK-57, on Saturday in Icelandic waters is continuing. Photo: mbl.is/Sigurður Bogi

The search for a missing fisherman from the longliner, Sighvatur GK-57, on Saturday in Icelandic waters is continuing. Photo: mbl.is/Sigurður Bogi

The search for a missing fisherman who is believed to have fallen overboard in Icelandic waters has been extended.

The search for a crew member who fell overboard from a fishing vessel on Saturday continued today with the area bing expanded somewhat, with both the Icelandic fisheries patrol ship Þór, the the Coast Guard SAR helicopter and the search ship of the rescue teams taking part in the search.

A search was launched for a man who fell overboard of the longliner Sighvatur GK-57, which is owned by Vísir hf in Grindavík. The patrol ship Þór, the Coast Guard’s helicopter, rescue teams and fishing vessels and boats from the area have taken part in the search this weekend.

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“The search for the crew has resumed in public. The patrol ship Þór was in the area last night and will continue to search today together with the Coast Guard’s helicopter,” says Ásgeir Erlendsson, information representative of the Coast Guard. 

In addition to a helicopter and a patrol ship, the rescue ship Oddur V. Gíslason from Landsbjörg will take part in the search today.

“The search area has been expanded since yesterday. Yesterday we were working in an area of ​​10×10 nautical miles, in a radius of 25 nautical miles from the Garð Peninsula. Today we are working with an area that is 18×18 nautical miles, so we have expanded the search area since yesterday,” says Ásgeir.

“Yesterday, at the peak, there were thirteen ships in the search. The patrol ship Þór, the rescue ship of the Landsbjargar Accident Prevention Association along with fishing vessels and boats in the area, and then the Coast Guard helicopter also flew in the afternoon and was there during the search.

“We will take advantage of the day; the weather is good for searching today. The sea state is good, the weather is good. So we will take the situation after today, but we will use the day to search.”

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Search efforts for missing fisherman in Icelandic waters continues

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