Distressed N.L. fishing vessel being escorted to Greenland

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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A Newfoundland fishing vessel was taking on water about 270 miles northeast of Iqaluit in the Davis Strait, after hitting ice Sunday night.

A Google map shows the Davis Strait and Iqaluit.

On Monday afternoon, Major Rhonda Stevens of the Joint Task Force Atlantic said JRCC Halifax was working closely with Greenland authorities to have a Danish warship dispatched to provide further assistance to the crew.

The Danish warship Knud Rasmussen arrived on the scene late Monday afternoon.

Two technicians boarded the vessel in distress, and assisted with three electric pumps and an additional gas pump.

Stevens said the fishing vessel from St. Anthony is about 220 feet long, with 30 people on board.

JTF Atlantic has not released the name of the vessel.

Stevens said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax was notified Sunday night that the vessel hit ice and was damaged and dispatched a Hercules aircraft that dropped four pumps to help pump water out of the vessel.

As of deadline, The Knud Rasmussen was escorting the ship to Greenland.

 

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N.L. fishing vessel taking on water in Davis Strait near Iqaluit

A Newfoundland fishing vessel has been taking on water about 270 miles northeast of Iqaluit in the Davis Strait, after hitting ice Sunday night.

Major Rhonda Stevens of the Joint Task Force Atlantic said the fishing vessel from St. Anthony is about 220 feet long, with 30 people on board.

JTF Atlantic is not releasing the name of the vessel at this time.

Stevens said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax was notified Sunday night that the vessel hit ice and was damaged and dispatched a Hercules aircraft that dropped four pumps to help pump water out of the vessel.

She said JRCC Halifax is now working closely with Greenland authorities to have a Danish warship dispatched to provide further assistance to the crew.

Stevens said the situation is under control at the moment and the other vessel should soon be in the area to provide further help.

Organizations: Joint Rescue Co

Geographic location: Davis Strait, St. Anthony

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  • Figgy Duff
    February 22, 2016 - 14:51

    I thought we had gone metric! How come it is 270 miles away and 220 Feet long? Because people still don't understand Metric!!!