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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Norwegian Coast Guard Rescues Dutch Cargo Ship Crew Adrift in Rough Seas

Norwegian coast guard officials have rescued on April 6 the 12-member crew of a Dutch cargo ship that was adrift off the coast of Norway and was in danger of capsizing.

The coast guard launched a helicopter operation to rescue the crew members of the Eemslift Hendrika who raised an emergency alert in the North Sea last April 5, reporting that a stormy weather caused heavy listing and displaced some of its cargo.

Footage released by the Norwegian Rescue Coordination Center showed rescuers airlifting some of the crew directly from the deck of the ship. Some of the crew had to be airlifted from the rough seas. They had to jump overboard because waves as high as 15 meters rocked the vessel and the list became too severe.

All of the crew members of the 111-meter Netherlands-registered vessel were brought to safety.

The coast guard told Norwegian Public Radio that the vessel had lost power due to an engine failure and was currently drifting towards the Norwegian coastline.

Officials are concerned that the ship will cause an oil spill if it capsizes and sinks. It reportedly contains 350 cubic meters of heavy fuel oil, 75 cubic meters of diesel, and 10 cubic meters of lubricating oil.

“The ship is still drifting, and is located 40-50 nautical miles west of Ålesund” as of 6 p.m. on April 6, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) said in a statement.

NCA stated that it has contacted the Dutch shipping company, which has engaged two tugboats to attach a tow on the cargo ship.

NCA stated that the ship will be schedule to be towed ashore “if weather and wind allow it.”

The Eemslift Hendrika was carrying several smaller boats from Bremerhaven in Germany to Kolvereid in Norway.

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