MCA: Anglo Spanish fishing vessel alerts coastguard to fire –

MCA: Anglo Spanish fishing vessel alerts coastguard to fire Published:  21 January, 2008

AROUND 12.30pm on Saturday, Clyde Coastguard received a telephone call from the Coastguard in Madrid requesting urgent assistance for the fishing vessel the Shark, which had an out of control fire on board within the accommodation area, and was off the coast of Ireland, but within the United Kingdom’s search and rescue area.

The Shark, a British registered fishing vessel and has Spanish crew on board. The skipper’s command of English is limited and required an interpreter service. The crew complement is 16.

Through that interpreter further information was gained, including the fact that there was considerable smoke on board and that the fire had been caused by a short circuit. The crew also told the Coastguard they did not have enough power on board to fight the fire. At the time, they were still under way and were aiming to reach the port of Killybegs when the fire took hold. All crew assembled on the upper deck as the vessel filled with smoke.

The Irish Coastguard re-broadcast a mayday signal for anyone in the area to respond to the crew’s plight. A lifeboat from Arranmore was launched and the Irish Coastguard helicopter from Sligo was also scrambled to the scene.

The weather on scene was west northwesterly winds of force three, with a two to three metre swell locally with good visibility. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch was made aware of the incident.

It was agreed with the Master that 10 non essential crew would be taken off by helicopter and delivered to a nearby Irish naval vessel. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.