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European Fisheries Control Agency

EFCA´s chartered patrol vessel Lundy Sentinel has provided assistance to an Estonian fishing vessel in NAFO Regulatory Area


Yesterday, at 13:14 GMT, a Portuguese trawler relayed a MAYDAY message to Lundy Sentinel reporting that an Estonian trawler required immediate assistance due to a fire on-board. Lundy Sentinel´s captain responded immediately to the assistance request and proceeded to the Estonian fishing vessel position. Weather conditions on the scene of action were wind 18 knots, swell 3 meters with a thick fog. Lundy Sentinel remained close to the Estonian fishing vessel position on stand-by duty for assistance until a Canadian Coast Guard ship arrived on the scene of action and took over stand-by duty.

Portuguese flagged Lundy Sentinel belongs to Sentinel Marine Ltd and is rented by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) located in Vigo (Spain) under a time-charter contract in the framework of the European cooperation on Coast Guard, which also includes fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS). Lundy Sentinel is currently delivering the European Union fisheries inspection commitments to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.

This operation took place in central Atlantic Canadian Search and Rescue Region under the coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of Halifax (Nova Scotia).