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Failure in Pumps Caused Icelandic Ship to Sink

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Failure in Pumps Caused Icelandic Ship to Sink

Seawater leaked into the Icelandic trawler Hallgrímur SI-77, which sank off the coast of Norway on Wednesday last week, causing both its steering gear and pumps to break down. Consequently the ship turned over on its side and started to sink.

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A trawler. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Members of the Icelandic Marine Accident Investigation Board questioned yesterday the sole survivor of the four-person crew, Eiríkur Ingi Jóhannsson, who has now returned to Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports.

He said he couldn’t figure out where or how seawater was leaking into the ship. Once the ship had overturned, things happened quickly and the four crew members had to abandon it. Two of them didn’t have time to put on floatation suits.

The three men who are still missing are presumed dead.

Click here to read more about the accident.

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