Canadian trawler FV Saputi ran into trouble during fishing in the Davis Strait having struck sea ice on Sunday, February 21st.
The stern trawler had consequently sprung a leak, and started taking on water into the ship’s cargo space that resulted in the ship’s listing.
JRCC Halifax alerted Danish Arctic Command of the situation, saying that Saputi sailed towards Greenland waters in order to receive assistance.
Arctic Command sent a patrol ship Knud Rasmussen to the scene to assist the trawler and escort it to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.
The crew on board 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.
World Maritime News Staff