Hazardous materials lost from vessel off south coast

samuel j
12th January 2010, 19:24
Source breakingnews.ie
The Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter is currently on scene and some of the containers have been spotted.
12/01/2010 - 17:31:28
The Irish Coast Guard are currently investigating the loss of seven containers from a vessel off the southern coast, one of which is believed to contain hazardous material.

The incident occurred earlier this afternoon, some 15 miles south east of Mine Head (Waterford), 20 miles east of Youghal and 16 miles south of Tramore.

"One of the containers is believed to contain hazardous material (Sodium Bromate)," a Coast Guard statement said.

Each of the containers are about 40 feet in size. Six of them are blue in colour, one is red.

The Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter is currently on scene and some of the containers have been spotted. The vessel was travelling from Dublin to Cork when the incident occurred earlier this afternoon.

There is currently a very bad storm in the area, with south-easterly storm force 10 wind and a heavy swell.

The public are advised not to come within 100m of the containers, but to call gardaí or the Coast Guard if they are spotted.

samuel j
12th January 2010, 23:34
The vessel "BG Dublin" just berthing now at Tivoli, Cork. A long day for all concerned. Wind was 53 kts at time of incident with 8m seas.
Of the 7 boxes lost, one contains sodium bromate used in dyes and the other six were carrying bird food, fire logs and medical equipment.