UK. Clyde Coastguard informed Norwegian fishing vessel grounded when skipper falls asleep Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 November 2006
Coastguard news:

At half past one this morning, the skipper of the fish farm vessel 'Aqua Boy' called Clyde Coastguard to inform them that he had run aground after falling asleep.

The vessel with three people on board is aground on the shore at Light Ardtornish Point on the Island of Mull. They were on passage from Gigha to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The vessel, which normally carries live fish is in ballast, but has seven tons of diesel fuel oil on board. It is a Norwegian flagged vessel, with a Norwegian crew.

Clyde Coastguard issued a broadcast to any other vessels in the area, and another fish farm vessel of similar design responded and offered assistance. They are called the Ronja Commander with a crew of five.

They have arrived on scene and have attempted to tow off the Aqua Boy, but with no success after the rope parted.

Coastguard Rescue Officers from the Lochalaihn team were alerted and have arrived on scene and are monitoring the situation from the shore. As the weather is worsening in the area, Tobermory RNLI lifeboat has been requested to launch and stand by the vessels. The weather on scene is south westerly force 6/7,heavy rain, poor visibility, and high water is at nine o'clock this morning.

Tarik Yassin, Watch Manager, Clyde Coastguard said: "Undoubtedly, seafarer's fatigue has played a role in this incident. Thankfully no one is injured and there is no signs of any pollution at the moment. High water is at nine o'clock and hopefully the Aqua Boy can be refloated on that tide.

If this is successful she will be escorted into port, where she will be inspected by MCA Surveyors."
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