On February 15, the 90 meter long fish factory Joseph Roty II became disabled 240 nautical miles off Killybegs, Ireland. The vessel had been fishing when its main engine failed. The Joseph Roty II went adrift while crew attempted to make repairs. After several days, the crew were unable to restore power. The fish factory requested assistance and a tug was dispatched. On February 18, the tug Ocean Challenger took the Joseph Roty II under tow to Killybegs.
Divers inspected the Joseph Roty II and found a net had fouled the vessel’s propeller. No reports of injuries to the 58 crew, damage or pollution released.