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Fishing Vessel Which Ran Aground During Good Weather Conditions Off Dursey Island Shows Danger Of Industry

RedFM News
RedFM News

03:20 4 Jun 2023

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A fishing vessel which ran aground during good weather conditions, off Dursey Island on Friday shows how dangerous a job fishing is.

That's according to Patrick Murphy of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation.

A major rescue operation was needed when the 33m French-flagged trawler, the Grand St Bernard, hit rock 12 nautical miles from Castletownbere.

10 crew were airlifted from the boat, while 4 remained on board to help with efforts to free the boat from the rock.

It has since been refloated and towed to Casteltownbere for drydocking and inspection.

Speaking to RedFM News, Patrick Murphy says accidents can happen, even in good conditions:

"It's a rough environment as it is to work in. Just like with this boat, on a fine calm day, ended up on a rock. So like the dangers are there. We don't like talk about them too much because you have to face them every time you go up the gangplank or down the ladder into the vessel, even in the inshore boat or into a punt. There's dangerous there just like people are warned about swimming and going on a floaty - you're out on water there that will take you if you're not careful".

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