Fire crews save sinking Brixham beamer

Fire crews save sinking Brixham beamer

Fire crews from Brixham were called out early on Sunday morning to assist with saving a beam trawler that had been found listing badly in the port’s inner harbour.

The 27 metre beam trawler Jordan A had been taking on water and was listing badly.

The fire crew commander requested additional lightweight portable pumps to be brought to the scene, and fire appliances from the neighbouring Paignton, Torquay and Newton Abbot fire stations were mobilised.

The fire crews worked with Torbay Lifeboat Station, Brixham Harbour Authority, the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the owner of the vessel to remove sea water from the fish hold, engine room and bunk areas./p>

Jordan A was carrying 17,000 litres of diesel and it was a priority that this was contained in the fuel tanks. As a precaution, an oil and fuel boom was placed around the vessel.

After four hours of pumping out, Jordan A righted itself and engineers were able to identify that water was entering through the sonar pole which had been damaged at low water.