On March 17, the 40 meter long fishing vessel Kvalstein became disabled off Finnmark, Norway. The Kvalstein had suffered engine failure some 300 miles off the coast. With waves reaching eight meters, the trawler sent out a request for assistance. Authorities dispatched a patrol boat to the scene. The following day the patrol boat after some difficulty was able to connect a towline to the Kvalstein and both vessels proceeded back to port. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 39 meter long fishing vessel Kamaro became disabled near Bjørnøya, Finnmark, Norway. The Kamaro had suffered engine failure in rough seas with waves reaching 15 foot high. The crew requested assistance with the JRCC dispatching a rescue vessel and two helicopters to the scene. The 15 crew on board the Kamaro had to jump into the water in order the helicopter to airlift them. The first helicopter rescued 11 crew while the second rescued the remaining four men. The crew were taken to hospital in Hammerfest. No reports of injuries. The Kamaro was taken under tow by the rescue vessel KV Harstad and proceeded towards Sørøysundet in Finnmark. However, the vessels proceeded slowly due to the bad weather. Reports state a few days later the towline broke.
- Incident Photos of The Week – Daring Barents Sea Rescue (gcaptain.com)