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Stranded four-man crew rescued in heavy seas. VIDEO: Norwegian military helicopter personnel arrived at the dramatic incident south of Flatanger off the coast of Nord-Trøndelag, Wednesday morning. The ‘Fosenbulk’ cargo vessel’s engines had failed. She was drifting towards rocks in some 8-metre high waves (about 26-foot high).

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Stranded four-man crew rescued in heavy seas

Published on Wednesday, 12th March, 2014 at 20:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 12th March 2014 at 21:10.

VIDEO: Norwegian military helicopter personnel arrived at the dramatic incident south of Flatanger off the coast of Nord-Trøndelag, Wednesday morning.

Nord-Trøndelag County location
The cargo ship was reported drifting off the coast here early Wednesday morning.Nord-Trøndelag County location
Photo: Marmelad/Wikimedia Commons


The ‘Fosenbulk’ cargo vessel’s engines had failed.

She was drifting towards rocks in some 8-metre high waves (about 26-foot high).

High/near gale winds (7 on the Beaufort scale, 50-61 km/h (30-40 knots)) were blowing in the area.

330 Squadron helicopter Captain Morten Holm described the situation as “relatively dramatic” as they reached the area in their Sea King at around 06:30 local time.

“The ship had just weighed anchor and stopped drifting,” he told NRK.

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Rescue vessel ‘Harald V’ crew deployed there could not assist due to the weather.

Two cargo vessel personnel were hoisted into the helicopter, with the other two remaining aboard to try and avert the ‘Fosenbulk’ running aground.

They also subsequently had to be rescued when the Sea King began running low on fuel after about an hour’s hovering.

“The boat was not far from being wrecked on the rocks. The crew had survival suits on, so they would have ok fared in the sea. But it would have been difficult to pick them up without the helicopter because of the high seas,” explained Captain Holm

According to NRK, all four cargo ship crew are in good condition.

Personnel still in the area are hoping to attach lines from a tugboat to try and save the vessel.

It was under tow as of Wednesday evening headed for Namsen, Nord-Trøndelag’s biggest river.

Video by 330 Squadron.


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Published on Wednesday, 12th March, 2014 at 20:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 12th March 2014 at 21:10.

This post has the following tags: rescue, driftingship, norwaymilitary.





  
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