Car carrier Baltic Breeze Collision with Fishing Vessel in Spain

Earlier today the Singapore flagged car carrier Baltic Breeze collided with a Spanish fishing vessel near the Port of Vigo in Spain.

2014.04.01 - Car carrier Baltic Breeze Collision with Fishing Vessel in Spain

The collision proved to be fatal for the 185 gt  fishing vessel “Mar de Marin”, IMO-No.: 8808721, which sunk just a few minutes after the collision. Three of its crew members died, two are currently missing and the remain five crew members have been rescued alive.

The accident took place in the estuary of the Vigo river, south of the island Cies.

The five crewmembers of the fishing vessel managed to escape by boarding a survival raft, they were later found by a customs boat which was one of the first to arive in the area.

Boats of the rescue services and fishing vessels which were the area have water recovered the lifeless bodies of three more men which were taken to Vigo.

Search and rescue teams are currently looking for the two missing men, one Ghanaian and one Galician apparently from Marin.

The rescue forces kept on looking for the two missing men, one Ghanaian and one Galician apparently from Marin. The search and rescue operations are being coordinated by the Maritime Rescue Centre in Vigo. About 8.15 the search operation focused on an area between Monteferro and Barra in Aldan , Cangas.

The wreck is located at a depth of more than 50 meters off Monteferro.

The “Baltic Breeze” was coming from Gibraltar in order to load Citroën vehicles manufactured in Vigo at the time of the accident.  The accident seems to have been caused by a navigational error. The “Baltic Breeze” was within the fairway when the “Mar de Marin” veered to port and was hit.


After the collision the Baltic Breeze immediately lowered a rescue boat to assist the search for survivors and that the Port authority deployed their rescue boat and helicopter. Baltic Breeze was not carrying any cargo at the time of the incident. She was scheduled to load cargo in Vigo and proceed to Algeria. No locally produced vehicles were planned to be loaded.

Source: UECC

 

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