Four crew abandon fishing vessel after fire breaks out Published: 24 August, 2007
FOUR fishermen were rescued today after their County Cork based vessel caught fire.
Milford Haven Coastguard co-ordinated assistance
to the crew of the fishing vessel Gismonde, which
was on fire 40 miles south west of St David’s Head.
In conjunction with the Irish Coastguard, a Waterford based rescue
helicopter R117, was scrambled to the scene. A nearby fishing vessel
the Ocean Pearl after gathering their nets in also went to the
assistance of the Gismonde crew. The weather on scene at the time
was northerly winds with a slight to moderate sea and with moderate
to good visibility.
By 10.45 this morning, the crew of the Ocean Pearl reported to the
Coastguard that they had picked up all four crew from the life raft
of the Gismonde and that several were suffering from smoke
inhalation. At the same time, Falmouth Coastguard reported having
received the emergency position indicating radio beacon ‘hit’ from
the EPIRB released from the distressed Gismonde.
When the helicopter arrived, it reported that the County Cork based
Gismonde was totally ablaze and they were able to winch the
recovered crew from the deck of the Ocean Pearl before flying them
to Waterford Hospital and any medical treatment they may require.
In conjunction with the Irish Coastguard authorities, the position of
the – by now – fire gutted vessel with its fishing gear still down
was passed to the UK Hydrographer for local alerting and contact was
also made with the owner of the vessel to identify how much fuel was
still on board the vessel and identifying any gas canisters.
Contact was also made with the warship HMS Mersey which proceeded
to stand by the wreck as a guard ship in the short term.
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