Fatal accident on Icelandic fishing trawler

A man died this morning aboard a fishing boat in the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord system in northwest Iceland.

The accident aboard the Icelandic trawler happened early this morning and a Coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene. A doctor on board was winched down to the vessel, where he pronounced the man dead. The trawler returned to Ísafjörður at around 11.00 and police are taking statements from all crew.

The ship, Sigurbjörg ÓF, docked safely in port and the doctor left the scene and returned to the helicopter, which was waiting at Ísafjörður airport. The helicopter took off for Reykjavík shortly after 12.00.

2008 was the first time in recorded Icelandic history that nobody died at sea. The encouraging feat was repeated in 2011. This year has already seen two deaths when an Icelandic trawler sank in bad weather on its way to a Norwegian ship breaker’s yard. Today’s is the third.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but the weather in the area today is fairly good.

In the last century over 4,000 people lost their lives at sea either in onboard accidents or by drowning, according to Statistics Iceland.