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14.03.2009

HB Grandi staff honoured for rescue feat

Two of HB Grandi's employees, Edvald Ingi Árnason and Sigurbjörn Björnsson, were today presented with awards by the company in recognition of a rescue they performed on the 8th of February, when they saved two of Löndun ehf's staff who were in danger of losing their lives in the fishroom of pelagic vessel Ingunn AK.

The opportunity to present the awards to Edvald Ingi Árnason and Sigurbjörn Björnsson was taken when Ingunn docked at Akranes this morning.

Two of the staff of Löndun ehf, the company responsible for discharging catches, lost consciousness in Ingunn's tanks due to a shortage of oxygen while a pearlside catch was being pumped ashore. Edvald Ingi Árnason, one of the shift foremen at the HB Grandi fishmeal plant, and ship's engineer Sigurbjörn Björnsson, were able to retrieve the two men from the fish hold and they both subsequently made a full recovery.
It's clear that the rescue could not have taken place any later and the quick reactions of the two men saved the lives of the two casualties.

According to Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, head of HB Grandi's pelagic division, the company has taken measures to ensure that the same thing cannot happen again. Oxygen meters have been installed on all three pelagic vessels as well as at both pelagic processing plants in Akranes and Vopnafjördur.
Landing crews will now also be required to carry oxygen meters while working so that they will be warned if oxygen levels are too low, and strict rules have been set to ensure that nobody is to enter a tank or hold without checking oxygen levels first.

 

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