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.
The wooden fishing vessel Atlantic Osprey ran aground and sank off Balbriggan near Dublin, Ireland. The Atlantic Osprey was fishing razor clams when it suffered a power blackout after the main engine failed. The crew attempted to restart the engine, but could not restore power before the vessel was blown onto an offshore sandbank near the Balbriggan harbour. Waves pounded the wooden hull causing the seams to open up allowing water ingress.
The crew alerted local authorities the Atlantic Osprey was in danger and needed assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene while the RNLI launched lifeboats from Howth Skerries and Clogherhead as part of the rescue effort. The Howth Skerries lifeboat was able to pull alongside the Atlantic Osprey and safely transfer all 5 crew. No reports of injuries.
After the crew were rescued, authorities attempted to keep the Atlantic Osprey afloat. Three pumps were placed on the trawler, but the flooding could not be brought under control. The vessel later partially sank a few hours later.
Reports state there are efforts to salvage the fishing vessel. No signs of pollution were reported, but the vessel contained 400 litres of diesel fuel at the time of the incident.
On January 15, the 90 meter long cargo vessel Lisa ran aground on the River Barrow near Pink Rock, Ireland. The Lisa had departed from Antwerp bound for Drogedha. While underway to New Ross with 4500 tons of dry good, the cargo vessel when it stranded on a mud bank. The Lisa remained aground for until two days later when two tugs and a dredger pulled the Lisa free. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.