MCIB/161 - Asgard II
Report of the Investigation into the Loss of the Brigantine Sailing Ship STV "Asgard II" on 11th September 2008
Approx 12 miles North West of the Island of Belle-Ile, France
Date of Incident
Thursday 11 September 2008
Monday 27 September 2010
On 10th September, 2008, the STV "Asgard II" departed Dournenez, France, bound for La Rochelle, France, with 5 crew and 20 trainee crew onboard. \r\n
At approximately 01:00 hrs GMT on 11th September, 2008, when off St. Nazaire in the Bay of Biscay at position 47.18.3' N, 003. 33.02' W, water ingress was observed in the Trainee Mess. At 01:05 hrs a PAN PAN message was broadcast. At about 01:15 hrs a Mayday Relay message was received by French Search and Rescue (French SAR), as the water in the Trainee Mess continued rising rapidly. The crew attempted to pump the flood water without success. The ship was abandoned by liferaft at approximately 01:50 hrs. Two French lifeboats rescued all 25 persons from the liferafts. During the abandonment, the floor of one of the three liferafts failed and the persons on board were successfully transferred to other liferafts. No loss of life occurred and no injuries were reported.