Loughs Agency launch probe after boat sinks

The MMV Ostrea from the back.
The MMV Ostrea from the back.

The Loughs Agency has launched a ‘thorough investigation’ into what caused its research vessel to sink this morning.

The MMV Ostrea- which is 55ft long- was all but submerged by first light this morningand it has now been confirmed there was no-one onboard.

We will be completing a thorough investigation to determine how this happened.

John Pollock, Chief Executive at Loughs Agency

In a statement issued this afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Loughs Agency said:

“Just after 8am this morning the Loughs Agency were made aware that our research vessel the MMV Ostrea was partially submerged at the Foyle Marina.

“We immediately implemented our emergency response plan including the deployment of a boom, although there are currently no signs of pollution.”

The spokeswoman added: “All the relevant agencies have been informed and we are working with the appropriate specialists to investigate the cause and to float the vessel.”

John Pollock, Chief Executive at Loughs Agency meanwhile said today: “Thankfully there were no crew on board at the time.

“We will be completing a thorough investigation to determine how this happened.

“I’d like to thank Londonderry Port and Harbour for their assistance.”

The boat is believed to have been docked all night at Foyle Marina and the cause of the sinkage remains a mystery this morning.

Supporting seacraft and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue service personnel were witnessed at the scene this morning, and appeared to be using ropes to try and stop the craft sinking further.

A number of leisure boats and other craft were docked on the near side of the marina this morning and it remains unclear whether these will have to be moved.