Timber carrier sank in Biscay, crew saved by helicopters
In the afternoon Dec 10 2010 general cargo North Spirit requested immediate assistance 50 miles off Cape Ortegal, Bay of Biscay. Vessel was enroute Sweden – Algier with timber, presumably cargo shifted and vessel dangerously listed. Spain authorities sent three helicopters, all 17 crew evacuated and transported to airport La Coruna, no casualities or injures.
The North Spirit Merchant, who remained listed to 52 miles north of Cape Ortegal and whose crew was evacuated yesterday afternoon , has sunk this morning in the Atlantic, as reported Salvage.
Beacon jumped ship at 05:55 hrs and guardamar Concepción Arenal, which was in the area during the morning, confirmed the loss of the echo of the ship in the area in which there are "bad weather" included "heavy seas'.
Finisterre Maritime Rescue is "issuing notices to mariners by the escape of some of the burden of wood, but according to information provided by the cargo owner would be comprised of small boards, which in principle should not pose problems for navigation ".
A coastguard plane, the Sasemar 102, intends to conduct an aerial inspection today of the area to see if some of the load is dispersed at sea.
Its 17 crew members, 9 and 8 Russian Ukrainians, were rescued and taken to A Coruña yesterday afternoon in good health for helicopters Helimer Helimer 208 and 211 of the Maritime Rescue and Fisheries Ministry of Development of the Xunta II.
The ship, 132 meters long with a flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, carrying timber from Oskarhamn (Sweden) and Bejaia (Algeria), but suffered a heel while sailing through the area in which there was heavy tide. About three in the afternoon yesterday, the captain issued a distress signal, and Salvage launched the rescue device.
Image taken from the helicopter of the Xunta, which shows the important list which appears in the North Spirit 'yesterday afternoon
Crew of the ship being taken to hospital...