November 27, 2011 Leave a Comment
The 81 meter long, 3150 dwt freighter Swanland sank in the Irish Sea off Bardsey Island, Wales. The Swanland loaded with 3000 tons of limestone encountered high winds and heavy seas when it was struck by a large wave. The wave struck the Swanland causing the hull to break-in-two then rollover and sink. An mayday call was received by authorities who launched a search for survivors. Six helicopters, five RNLI lifeboats, four coastguard teams, and other craft conducted a search of the area. Two crewmen were rescued a few hours later when they were spotted by a helicopter. A body of a crewman was later found and recovered. Five other crewman were listed as missing.