Rescue bid for crew on The Athena off Isles of Scilly

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Rescue bid for crew on The Athena off Isles of Scilly

Post by mcmahos » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:06 am

BBC News reporting a fire on a Faroese factory ship
An air and sea rescue operation is under way to save 111 people from a ship which is on fire 230 miles south-west of the Isles of Scilly.

Falmouth coastguards are co-ordinating the rescue from The Athena, a 344ft (105m) long factory fishing ship.

There have been unconfirmed reports that lifeboats have been launched from The Athena, which may be beyond the reach of a helicopter rescue.

The Athena is owned by shipping company Thor, based in the Faroe Islands.

The ship, built in 1992, was rebuilt in China in 2010 after suffering another fire, according to a report in Lloyd's List.

It has a maximum capacity of 123 crew.

A Thor spokeswoman said the company was dealing with the latest incident and could give no further details.
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