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Every effort needed to avoid pollution off Balbriggan coast following trawler sinking – Clifford Lee



Every effort needed to avoid pollution off Balbriggan coast following trawler sinking – Clifford Lee

Local Fianna Fáil Senator, Lorraine Clifford Lee has said every effort must be made to avoid any pollution off the Balbriggan coast following the sinking of a trawler ‘Atlantic Osprey’ early this morning.

The fishing vessel is understood to have been carrying approximately 400 litres of diesel and 30 litres of lube oil.

Commenting on the incident, Senator Clifford-Lee said, “Any risk to life is the most crucial and I am relieved that all five fishermen on board the trawler were rescued and safely brought to shore.

“I commend the work of all emergency services on the scene this morning and which led the rescue operation off the coast of north Dublin.

“Despite efforts to avoid its sinking, the trawler has since submerged and local authorities must now allocate all necessary resources to ensure that no pollution occurs.

“Last summer, beaches in Rush, Balbriggan, Skerries, Loughshinny and Portmarnock were forced to restrict bathing due to water contamination. It would be most disappointing if similar was to happen so close to Balbriggan Harbour.

“The local community are deeply concerned and need assurances that there will not be any pollution to the local environment,” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.