On January 25, the 57 meter long fish carrier Fisktrans ran aground and sank near Bodo, Norway. In stormy seas the Fisktrans had become disabled and went adrift. The fish carrier had its steering system fail and the crew tried in vain make repairs. Authorities were alerted dispatching a rescue boat and helicopter to the scene.
With strong winds pushing the vessel quickly towards nearby shallow water, the crew dropped the anchor hoping to keep the Fisktrans off the rocks. The crew hoped the anchor would hold and the vessel would ride out the storm, but the fish carrier had struck bottom. The stern of the Fisktrans had been damaged allowing water ingress.
A Sea King helicopter arrived on scene along with the fishing vessel Gularøy. The helicopter was unable to hoist the crew off the aft deck of Fisktrans as conditions were too rough. Instead, the crew of six had to jump into the sea one by one and then lifted to safety. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the vessel sank afterwards by the stern. Authorities will determine if the fish carrier can be salvaged.