When one of the crew of Icelandic trawler Bergey began to display Covid symptoms, a rapid response ensured that others were not infected.
Bergey sailed from the Westman Islands on 12th August, with the whole crew taking rapid Covid tests before departure that were all negative. But after a few days at sea, one of the crew began to cough and display other symptoms.
He was immediately tested, and isolated in his cabin after returning a positive result. Bergey immediately headed for the Westman Islands, which were only an hour away.
On arrival, the whole crew were screened, and the crewman who had displayed symptoms was identified as having Covid. All the same, the whole crew isolated and a second set of tests a week later showed they were all in the clear.
Bergey was back at sea on 24th August after an eight-day break.
‘This quick response prevented others in the crew from being infected,’ said operating company Bergur-Huginn’s manager Arnar Richardsson.
‘It’s worth mentioning the importance of these quick tests. It’s vital to have these on board so it’s possible to be certain of whether there’s an infectious case on board under such circumstances.’
Bergur-Huginn’s trawler Bergey. Image: Egill Guðni Guðnason