Canadian stern trawler FV Saputi ran into trouble in the Davis Strait having struck sea ice. It had consequently sprung a leak, and started taking on water into the ship’s cargo space which resulted in the vessel’s listing.
JRCC Halifax alerted Danish Arctic Command of the situation. Arctic Command sent a patrol ship Knud Rasmussen to the scene to assist the trawler and escorted it to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.
The crew of the ship were provided with additional bilge pumps to boost their pumping capacity as they battled to righten the vessel and prevent it from sinking.
In the following couple of days, Knud Rassmussen accompanied the trawler to Nuuk, standing by for potential assistance as the ships were faced with very rough weather that hampered the rescue operation. The duo arrived at Nuuk in the evening hours of Tuesday, February 23.
There were no reported injuries to either of the crews.
Reference: Joint Taskforce-Atlantic/YouTube
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