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BREAKING: 14 trapped aboard listing fishing trawler trapped in northern Svalbard; rescue underway

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A fishing vessel with 14 people aboard is stranded and listing in northern Svalbard, with rescue helicopters and other rescue personnel deployed to the scene at about 3 p.m. Friday, although the vessel does not appear to be in danger of sinking, according to  The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of Northern Norway.

“We were told at 1:20 p.m. that a fishing boat that sent out an emergency signal,” Tore Wangsfjord, an agency official, told NRK. “It is located north of Hinlopenstredet. We are somewhat uncertain about the situation right now. We have sent out two rescue helicopters from Longyearbyen.”

The straight is located between the northeast corner of Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet. The first helicopters arrived at the scene shortly after 3 p.m. and the second about 20 minutes later.

The 47.6-meter-long Northguider, a trawler owned by the Norwegian shipping company Opilio AS that is licensed to catch crab and shrimp, is listing about 20 degrees, but drifted to shore and is now lodged against the ice. Arne Birkelanda, the company’s administrative director, told Sysla  “I talked to everyone on board a little while ago. It is all going well with everyone under the circumstances.”

Temperatures in the vicinity are about minus 20 to minus 25 degrees Celsius.

This story will be updated.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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