07.02.2020 - TRAWLER PONGOMA SANK OFF ESTONIA
In the evening of Feb 6, 2020, the ""Pongoma"" sank in in Estonian coastal waters. The seven Russian crew members were rescued. Involved in the rescue effort were units from both Estonia and Finland with one helicopter each. The ship had got into trouble 15 miles north of the Juminda peninsula at 11:40 p.m. The crew requested assistance via radio and relayed its coordinates. The ship had suffered a steering failure, and had also lost electrical power. It sank rapidly, bit the crew had managed to get in a life raft.
The Maritime Rescue Center alerted Estonian and Finnish fleets and air bases and contacted vessels in the vicinity of the trawler. The first to arrive on the accident site and pick up the crew was a Liberian flagged tanker. A Finnish helicopter with paramedics on board took two injured crew members to a hospital in Helsinki and an Estonian helicopter transported five of them to the North Estonia Medical Center for a medical check.Based on a medical examination of the five crew members taken to the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH), it was determined that none of them required hospitalization.
Involved in the rescue effort were two vessels, a flight unit and helicopter of the Estonian Police and Border Guard as well as one helicopter, two rescue ships and two civilian vessels from Finland. The Estonian Maritime Administration investigated the circumstances of the sinking.
The ""Pongoma"" set sail from the port of Primorsk in the Vyborgsky Districtto the Estonian shores. The vessel has been actively fishing from this port since the end of December 2019. In November 2018, the trawler ran aground in the Kirov district of the Leningrad region, where the Tosna River flows into the Neva.
Width: 6.0 m
Length: 21.0 m