Falmouth Coastguard tonight coordinated the rescue of the crew of a Spanish fishing vessel REY DE OLAYA that caught fire 160 miles off the Scilly Isles.
After being notified of the distress alert by RAF Kinloss at 17:25, Falmouth Coastguard asked the Spanish Coastguard in Madrid to contact the vessel. When there was no response the Spanish were then asked to send a fixed wing aircraft to the scene for reconnaissance. Falmouth also requested that the French Coastguard sent their helicopter Endurance to help Navy rescue helicopter 193 from Culdrose incase the crew needed to be evacuated. RAF Rescue 169 from Chivenor provided safety cover for both helicopters.
When the Spanish reconnaissance plane reached the scene it saw the 28 meter vessel was without power and a fire in the accommodation block was being tackled by the crew. When vessels GALIANA and SUMMER FLOWER arrived on scene at just before 9pm the fire had been extinguished and the vessel had regained power. Fifteen members of the crew were uninjured, however one crew member is believed to have died.
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