The 2010 built MPP ship CDRY BLUE was pushed aground by storm in Sant’Antioco area, south western of Sardinia, late Saturday 21st December. The ship left Cagliari bound for Spain with cargo of coffee, encountered rough weather and tried to shelter, but failed. She went aground on the rocks due to weather conditions.
Due to poor visibility and weather conditions with wind gusting up to 50 knots it was not possible to evacuate the 12 crew members on board during the night.
During dawn period despite the persisting weather conditions, the Guardia Costiera Helicopter managed to rescue all the crew members with 3 successive sorties transporting them to the Ufficio Circondariale Marittimo di Sant’Antioco that was organised as the assistance point of the SAR Operation.
2 AW139 Helicopters based at Decimonannu Air Base are operated by the 4ª Sezione Volo Elicotteri della Guardia Costiera (MM81947/11-14 with callsign as NEMO 14 and MM81948/11-15 with callsign as NEMO 15).
Vessel was built in 2010 in China by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard at Jiangyin with a 8,055 DWT. She was seen at Valletta berthed at Magazine Wharf discharging cargo last 17th April, 2018 –
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Published – Sunday 22nd December 2019