Trawler Karen net snagged by submarine
The 60-foot wooden hulled Karen trawler was about 18 miles off the coast when its nets were snagged shortly after 4pm on Apr 15, wrote Belfast Telegraph UK.
Skipper Paul Murphy told Down News: “Without warning, were were stopped and pulled backwards very violently at around ten knots which is the top speed of the vessel. I really thought that was it. It was fortunate that one of the steel ropes holding the net snapped or we would have been pulled under very quickly.
"The incident only lasted about just over five seconds but it was very scary. The submarine did not come up to the surface after we tangled with it. We have now lost thousands of pounds of fishing gear because of this. It really should not have happened.”
The Coastguard was put on standby in case the trawler required assistance. However it is understood that the crew members were able to make their way back unassisted.
The MoD said they don’t comment on submarine activity for security reasons.
However scores of ships and aircraft from 13 countries are currently taking part in war games off the coast of Scotland. The Nato exercises involve at least 55 warships, 70 aircraft and 13,000 sailors and will include submarine hunts, amphibious landings and ship against ship attacks.
Most probably, it was a submarine. In a recent similar accident in Scotland waters (Mar 17 fv Aquarius) hull of the fishing vessel was wooden, Karen is also wooden hulled. Wooden hulls are difficult to detect even by modern observation equipment of submarines.